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A 27-year-old member asked:

After you've had a total hysterectomy do you still need to get a yearly pap smear done?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 19 years experience
No: A pap test looks for cervical cancer. If you had a full hysterectomy, it means you don't have a cervix and therefore can't get cervical cancer and you don't need a pap test. You will however need a pelvic exam, becuase that checks our pelvis and ovaries, which you will still have after a hysterectomy.
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Dr. Brian Enggano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 14 years experience
Depends: You only need to continue pap tests if the reason for your hysterectomy was cancer or precancerous lesions (i.e. Cin). Otherwise, if for fibroids, endometriosis, or heavy bleeding, you will no longer need pap tests if your cervix was removed with your uterus.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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