How Often To Get A Pap Smear

Partners OBGYN follows guidelines published by ACOG (American College of OBGYN) and ASCCP (American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology).

  • Women should start having Pap Smears by the age of 21.
  • Pap Smears should then be repeated every 3 years until age 30.
  • After age 30, low-risk patients may have a Pap Smear with HPV testing every five years.
  • If you have an abnormal pap smear, you will likely need yearly pap smears and HPV testing for at least 2 years. Your provider will tell you how frequently you need to be tested.
  • If you have undergone a hysterectomy and your cervix is removed, no further Pap Smears are necessary unless you have a history of cervical cancer or cervical pre-cancer (CIN2 or CIN3).
  • If your pap smears have been normal, you can stop screening at age 65.
  • If you are immunosuppressed or are on medications that suppress your immune system, you should get pap smears yearly.

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