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When should you have a pelvic exam and a pap smear test?

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Dr. Carolyn Quist
Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: At age 21

Current guidelines recommend the first pap smear at age 21.
Pap smears are to be taken every other year until age 30 and then every 3 years thereafter if you have 3 normals in a row and no abnormals for the previous 10 years. Pelvic exams should begin when you are sexually active to monitor for infections, or if you are having problems with menstrual cycles, etc.

In brief: At age 21

Current guidelines recommend the first pap smear at age 21.
Pap smears are to be taken every other year until age 30 and then every 3 years thereafter if you have 3 normals in a row and no abnormals for the previous 10 years. Pelvic exams should begin when you are sexually active to monitor for infections, or if you are having problems with menstrual cycles, etc.
Dr. Carolyn Quist
Dr. Carolyn Quist
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine

In brief: Yearly

Every year starting at age 21.
Once you are 30 and all your pap smears have been normal, you can go every 3 years to get your pap test.

In brief: Yearly

Every year starting at age 21.
Once you are 30 and all your pap smears have been normal, you can go every 3 years to get your pap test.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Dr. Maritza Baez
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