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

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Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Casey Younkin
Dr. Casey Younkin
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. James Ferguson
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
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.
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