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i am 16 and sexually active. do i need a pap smear to get a prescription for birth control?

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Dr. Brian Fishman
8 years experience Emergency Medicine
No: Pap smears are indicated 3 years after beginning sexual activity or at age 21 (whichever comes first). You do not need one for a physician to prescribe birth control, nor do you need parental consent. However, it is recommended that you are honest with your parents about your sexual activity. Be sure to always use condoms. Birth control pills do not prevent sexually transmitted infections.
Answered on Nov 12, 2017
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: You should be able to get contraception without a pap smear. Current recommendations for pap smear screening is to begin at the age of 21.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Would also strongly suggest you get the HPV vaccine which should markedly lower the incidence of uterine cancer for you.
Apr 6, 2012

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