New Guidelines for Pap Smears

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Last Reviewed: Wellbeing Leave a Comment

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.

Information Provided by: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians

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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Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten, NMD, is one of the leading experts in women’s medicine and is a pioneer in her exploration of the far-reaching impact of hormonal birth control and the little known side effects that impact health in a large way. In her best selling book, Beyond the Pill, she shares her clinical protocols aimed at supporting women struggling with symptoms of hormone imbalance, including Post-Birth Control Pill Syndrome and birth control related side effects. A trained nutritional biochemist and Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Brighten is the founder and Clinic Director at Rubus Health, an integrative women’s medicine clinic. She is a member of the MindBodyGreen Collective and has been featured in prominent media outlets such as Forbes, Cosmopolitan, ABC news, and the New York Post. Read more about me here.