After the recent controversy over new breast cancer screening guidelines, the recommendations issued today by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to do fewer Pap tests may seem like another blow to women’s health. But the truth is, it isn’t.
The leading experts and gynecologists who care for women recommend the following:
1) All women should begin receiving a Pap test at age 21.
2) Women ages 21 to 30 should have a Pap test every other year.
3) Women ages 30 and over should have a Pap test (with the addition of an HPV test done at the same time as an option) every three years.