How Often To Get A Pap Smear

Women should start having Pap Smears by the age of 21 or three years after sexual intercourse.

  • Pap Smears should then be repeated on a yearly basis until age 30.
  • After age 30, low-risk patients may have a Pap Smear every three years.

Low-risk is defined as…

” three normal sequential Pap Smears, being in a monogamous relationship with one sexual partner for greater than three years, and no history of previous abnormal Pap Smears within the past five years.”

In patients who have undergone a previous hysterectomy for noncervical indications, no further Pap Smears are necessary unless the patient is sexually active with a new partner.

2. Monthly Breast Self-Examinations >>