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A 48-year-old member asked:

Is it true that planned parenthood make you get a pap smear before giving birth control?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Not necessarily. : A pap is recommended at age 21 and then every 2 years. If you had one already then you may not need one yet.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Varies: By definition if you need birth control you are likely sexually active. If you are sexually active you can be exposed to the HPV virus associated with most cervical cancer. Since you are expecting free services the least you can expect is to let them do a needed health screening to justify their existence. Otherwise it might never be funded and the service disappear.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Planned parenthood follows protocols re pap smears. Pap smears are not done until age 21 at Planned parenthood. Planned parenthood isn't a 100% free services. Services are provided on a sliding fee scale.
May 27, 2017
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood does not require pap smear for birth control pills for those under 21 years of age. This is due to higher number of false positives under 21 years of age. Planned parenthood operates under a sliding fee scale basis. Services are free dependent upon income.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Do you need to get a pap smear in order to get birth control at planned parenthood?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
No.: It is not necessary to have a pap smear done before getting counseling for birth control. A good doctor would strongly recommend having one done, but it's not required.
Last updated May 28, 2017
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