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will i need to have a pap smear to get birth control?

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Dr. Brian Enggano
11 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Birth control is not contingent on a pap test. Pap tests check for abnormal cells on your cervix in an effort to screen for cervical cancer. Birth control simply prevents pregnancy and comes in various shapes, sizes, and forms. The two are very important but separate issues.
Answered on Apr 25, 2018
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No, but: You do not have to get a pap smear in order to get birth control. However it appropriate for a women age 21 to 65 to have pap smears every three years as long as they are normal. After a hysterectomy and/or after age 65 a women with a history of normal paps does not ever need another pap. Every women should still have an annual exam.
Answered on Apr 25, 2018

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