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Do monogamous women still need pap smears?

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Do monogamous women still need pap smears?

I enjoyed this read about whether or not monogamous women still need pap smears. The idea is that since abnormal pap smears are caused by the HPV virus, and the HPV virus is a sexually transmitted infection – do women who’ve tested negative for it and only have one (or no) sexual partners still need paps? The short answer is yes – of course it’s never straightforward!! You can find out why here:
http://nyti.ms/SMY8es

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  1. I’d rather be safe than sorry….I go for my annual once a year. It makes me feel better knowing that I get a check up on a regular basis.

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    1. Yes Shelley you are right – annual exams are definitely a good idea to keep up on your overall health! However, the majority of women should not be getting annual pap smears at those appointments – the frequency should range from every 3-5 years depending on a woman’s age (of course this varies if certain other factors are present) based on our newest guidelines (you can find a nice summary table about that here: http://bit.ly/1xKgYDo). Annual paps do not significantly increase the detection of cervical cancer and they often can lead to overtreatment and extra worry – two things most women don’t want or need!

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