ICYMI: Annual Pap Smears Are a Thing of the Past

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In case your gyno hasn’t told you yet, you no longer need an annual pap smear.

I recently took the dreaded trip to the gyno. Don’t get me wrong — my OBGYN is amazing but pap smears are no party.

And that’s when I learned that from now on, you only needed a pap smear every three years. Apparently, the medical powers that be have decided that they’ve been over-testing women and it was time to cut back. Hallelujah!

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, you need a pap test every three years between the ages of 21 and 65.

To be clear, I am in no way advocating you ditch your annual gyno appointment. How often you see your gyno is strictly between you and your doctor. Not to mention that you still need an annual breast exam. But it sure is a relief to know that you no longer have to get swabbed every single time.

Congrats to everyone with a vagina!


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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.