New guidelines for 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).
New Guidelines for Pap Smears
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.
If you're using hormonal birth control you may want to speak to your doctor about increased risk associated with the pill. It's important to check with your doctor regularly while taking hormonal birth control or if you develop symptoms of post-birth control syndrome.
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.
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