New Pap Smear Guidelines

September 24, 2010 | Health Advice | By: Jennifer Brull | Tags: ,

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently came out with new Pap smear guidelines.

  • Women should have their first screening Pap smear at age 21 unless there has been a previous abnormal Pap smear.
  • Women age 21-29 with no history of abnormal Pap smear should have a Pap smear every two years.
  • Women age 30-65 with three consecutive normal Pap smears should have a Pap smear every three years.
  • Women over age 65 with three consecutive normal Pap smears and no abnormal Pap smears in the past 10 years and no change in sexual partner may elect to discontinue routine Pap smears.
  • Women who have had a hysterectomy for non-cancerous reasons and have no history of abnormal Pap smear do not need a Pap smear, unless they have a cervix.

These guidelines need to be followed whether you have or have not had the HPV vaccine (Gardasil).

Plainville Medical Clinic is putting the ACOG recommendations into practice starting in September 2010.

  • We recommend a yearly physical including a breast exam, pelvic exam*, and STD screening if indicated.
  • You must have an annual exam to receive birth control.
  • If you have ever had an abnormal Pap smear, consult with a physician concerning how often you will need a Pap smear.

Please ask your provider about specific recommendations for your continued good health.

* The pelvic exam may or may not include a Pap smear based upon your history and the ACOG guidelines. Your physician will discuss this with you at the time of your appointment.