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How often should I get a pelvic exam?

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A Pap smear is recommended when women reach 21 years of age. Women ages 21 to 65 should have routine screening with Pap test every 3 years.

The U.S. Task Force (USPSTF)  Preventive ServicesHPV ) test starting after age 30. also recommends the option of having a human papillomavirus ( test or combining it with a Pap

Women over age 65 can stop getting screened if they’ve had at least three consecutive negative Pap tests or at least two negative HPV tests within the previous 10 years, according to the guidelines. But women who have a history of a more advanced precancer diagnosis should continue to be screened for at least 20 years.

From: The Pelvic Exam WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  The American Cancer Society. . Centers for Disease Control.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force


 

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

SOURCES:  The American Cancer Society. . Centers for Disease Control.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force


 

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

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