How often should I get a pap smear test?

Depends: age, nl pap. According to the american college of ob/gyne, pap smears should begin at age 21, then every 2 yrs ages 21-29. Women 30 and older, if 3 normal yearly paps, can have pap every 3 years. Hiv+ women need pap twice in first year after diagnosis and then yearly.An abnormal result will change how often a pap is recommended. Notify doctor sooner if discharge, bleeding (esp after sex), or pain.
New recommendations. The current recommendations can vary depending on age, 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.

Related Questions

Is it necessary to have pap smear test if I'm still a virgin?

Debatable. The current recommendation is to begin pap smears at the age of 21 regardless of sexual activity. Pap smears should be repeated every three years if they are normal. Abnormal paps will require closer and more frequent surveillance. Read more...

Took a pap smear test thursday, how long are the results for it? Us citizen abroad

A few business days. Results vary depending on the lab used, but typically 3-5 business days should be expected for results. Read more...
Pap smear. It can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks to get the results back. Read more...

What leads to abnormality in pap smear test and what are cures that helps stop abnormality?

HPV. The hujman papilloma virus is the cause of the vast majority of abnormal pap tests. The virus can be avoided by getting vaccinated by the hpv vaccine. Currently there are 2 versions in the us: Gardasil and cerverix. Currently they are approved for those 9 - 26 years old. Read more...

I'm almost due for another pap smear test again. But this time im kinda scared. My results have been showing up fine then abnormal. Can I fix this?

Do not skip PAP! Please do not skip your pap test. God forbid, the test comes back abnormal, it can be addressed by your doctor to prevent more serious issues. Read more...

Hello. I just got pap smear test done and the result says "focal koilocytosis and karyomegali noted". how serious is this n wats d next step? Thanks.

Your Gynec should he. Did your gynecologist not explain the results to you? You should ask this question and find out what it means. To me, it looks like there is nothing serious but you need to rely on the guidance provided by your gynecologist and be alert and find out if you might have HPV infection which is common and can create some cellular changes , most of which resolve with time. Read more...

What does a pap smear test for?

Risk of cancer. It is a screening test to look for changes in cells that may at risk of becoming cancerous. If done correctly, the test can prevent vast majority of the cases of cervical cancer. Read more...