It’s been the common wisdom for decades that women should get a Pap smear once every year. But in 2012, a designated task force updated the guidelines, suggesting less frequent screenings, usually every three years. One of the main reasons behind the revision is that “false positives”—that is, thinking there is a problem when there isn’t—can lead to unnecessary further testing and removal of healthy tissue, as well as needless treatment that could create pregnancy complications down the road. As with any tests, treatments or medications, communication is key. Talk to your gynecologist about your personal risks and the best course of action for you.
The Importance of Pap Smears