21st October 2019

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Do you need to have a Pap smear if you are a virgin?

Do virgins need Pap smears? Most health care organizations recommend women begin regular Pap testing at age 21. If you're a virgin — meaning you haven't had sexual (vaginal) intercourse — you may have a low risk of cervical cancer, but you can still consider testing.

Likewise, are Pap smears yearly?

Experts Continue to Scale Back Annual Pap Smear. May 1, 2015 — Many women were raised on the mantra "Pap smear once a year." But for women 21 years and older at average risk for cervical cancer, getting screened once every 3 years should be enough, according to advice from the American College of Physicians (ACP).

How often do you need a Pap smear if you have HPV?

But the Center for Disease Control recommends that you get tested for HPV just every two to three years if your last pap smear was normal. Obviously if you have some risk factors like an abnormal pap test or a family history of cervical cancer, you should speak with your doctor about how often you should get checked.

How often do you have to go to the gynecologist?

As a general rule, all women should have a pelvic exam at least once per year. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, if you're over 21 but under 29, you should have a pelvic exam once a year. This yearly visit should include a General Women's Wellness Exam including a Pap smear.