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How often must i get a pap smear? i am 22 years old and have never gotten it done. i'm not even entirely sure how to pick a gynecologist. would my doctor tell me when it's time?

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Dr. Vinita Speir
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
You : You should have pap smear and pelvic exam starting at age 21. Figure out which gynecologists are covered by your insurance company and ask other women you know for a referral.
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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
It's time: First pap should happen when you're 21. You still need a yearly visit, and possibly an exam, but not always a pap at every visit. Don't be scared of the exam. A good dr will explain it all before it happens. Ask a nurse to recommend a good doctor.
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Last updated Dec 21, 2017

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