A 22-year-old female asked:
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how often should a sexually active female have a checkup?

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Dr. John Kirk
Dr. John Kirk answered
26 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Onece per year : Generally, one should have an exam every year. This does not necessarily mean a pap smear is required. In the us we are doing paps every three years now between the age of 21 and 65. The clinical breast exam should be performed every year probably after the age of 25 or 30. And of course symptomatically, one should present with any abnormal changes.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
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Dr. Sophie Duriez
31 years experience Psychiatry
Every year: A pap smear is recommended on yearly basis. You are also in the age group (under 26 y/o) that should receive the papilloma virus immunization. Make sure you are checked regularly! Thank you for asking this good question.
Answered on Jun 22, 2017
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Dr. L. Collins
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There are many good reasons for having a yearly woman's check up. The doctor will keep track of how often the pap smear should be done depending on your situation. Even though the current guidelines have the pap smear done less often, the annual visit is still important.
Mar 10, 2013
Dr. John Kirk
Dr. John Kirk commented
26 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Actually the Pap smear is now recommended every three years from the age of 21 to 65 with a normal history.
Mar 10, 2013

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