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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 14 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.
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hormonal, yes: Hormonal forms of contraception requires a pap smear to rule out cervical cancer. Non-hormonal forms such as condoms are usually found at planned parenthood without a pap smear gratis.

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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 38 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.
A 53-year-old member asked:

Do you have to get a pap smear during an appointment in order to get birth control?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rebecca Gray
Obstetrics and Gynecology 14 years experience
No: It is not necessary to have a pap in order to get birth control but you should be up-to-date on your health care screenings. Going to the doctor to discuss birth control is also an excellent opportunity to talk about your risk factors and which tests are best for you. So, although it is not essential to have a pap to get contraception, it is important to your overall health care.
A 49-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brian Enggano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 12 years experience
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.

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