New Guidelines for Pap Smears

New guidelines regarding when women should get pap smears were published on March 14, 2012. What’s changed? The frequency in which the test should be performed has been greatly reduced. Additionally, it is recommended that all women 30+ be screened for HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Below is a summary of the new guidelines.

Please note that if there are abnormal findings on your previous pap or if you have received an HPV vaccine these guidelines will not apply to your unique situation.

Information Provided by: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians

While the new guidelines do mean less repeat paps, women should continue see their health care practitioner on an annual basis for physical exams and laboratory work.

Dr. Brighten is pleased to offer women’s annual physical exams according to the new guidelines. Click Here to schedule an appointment today!

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Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten is a licensed Functional Medicine Naturopathic Doctor, best selling author, speaker, and mother. Dr. Brighten specializes in women’s health, from fertility to postpartum care, adrenal and thyroid support, autoimmune conditions, and digestive disorders. In her patient centered practice, Dr. Brighten thrives on navigating the space between conventional and alternative medicine, all while working with patients to help them achieve optimum balance, health, and happiness.