Pap tests are also known as pap smears, these tests are performed to find abnormal cell changes in your cervix that could lead to cervical cancer. How often you get a Pap test can vary depending on your age, medical history, and the results of your last Pap or HPV tests. OBGYN Specialists of Columbus wants to provide you with the best female care and offer you a comfortable environment to obtain healthcare services.
The answer is “yes” for most women. How often you undergo a Pap test is based on many factors such as age, medical history, and previous results of other tests. Your Pap test can often be included in the same appointment as apart of your annual exam and pelvic exam.
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), you should start getting regular Pap tests at age 21. How frequently you get tested after that depends on your age, medical history, and the results of your last Pap or HPV tests. In most cases:
- If you’re 21–29 years old, get a Pap test once every 3 years (starting at age 25, your doctor may switch to an HPV test – either one is fine).
- If you’re 30–65 years old, get a Pap test and HPV test (co-testing) once every 5 years, or just a Pap test or HPV test every 3 years.
- If you’re older than 65, you may not need Pap tests anymore.
You may need to get tested more often if you’ve had problems with your cervix before or have a weak immune system.
OBGYN Specialists is in the heart of Midtown Columbus, GA, assisting with your overall women’s healthcare needs. When you visit the OBGYNSOC you are not only treated by a knowledgeable staff and doctor but you’ll feel confident and comfortable in the professional care you receive.
Contact us to schedule your next pap test today!