Posted on Apr 19, 2022
A woman over 30 years old who has had normal pap smears and negative HPV tests, should continue to have pap smears every 5 years. She may stop having Pap smears Test at the age of65If a woman has had abnormal pap smears or is HPV positive, or has high risk conditions like as diethylstilbestrol (DES) exposure or HIV positive she will require pap smears or other testing as determined in communication with her health care provider.
The woman who is no longer having periods because she had a hysterectomy for problem other than cancer no longer needs to have pap smears. It is the consortium agreement from the expert panels at the American Cancer Society. The guidelines about how often pap smears should be done and when pap smears can stop have been changing rapidly in the last decade. This is because of the explosion of information about the virus HPV that is largely if not exclusively responsible for changes in the cells of the cervix, or abnormal pap smears.Ending the Pap smear is a test about the health of the cervix only. The frequency of pap smears doesn’t change a woman’s require to take care of herself by having regular gynecological and breast examinations or communication with her health care provider about her healthy lifestyle. Routine screening is suggested every 3 years for women ages 21 to 65.You could also consider combining the Pap test with human papillomavirus screening or the HPV test alone every five years after the age of 30.