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Saturday, January 5, 2013

After Hysterectomy No More Pap Smears?

Hysterectomy means removal of the uterus, so if you have had a removal of the uterus, but your cervix was conserved, you still need pap smears according to the plan established by your gyno. But a woman with no cervix is not routinely recommended to have a pap smear in any of the current guidelines. This includes the organizations: ACS, ACOG, USPSTF, ASC{, ASCCP just to name a few. And don't confuse pelvic examinations with pap smears. Pelvic examinations can determine the health of your vagina, the health of your vulva, the health of your urethra, feel your inner organs, and determine your pelvic floor muscle health, just to name a few of the benefits. If you have had vaginal precancerous changes diagnosed at some point, you also need pap smears. If you have had STD exposure, it is less likely you will get an infection if you have had a hysterectomy, but it is still possible to contract disease, and there are circumstances when STD screening would be indicated even if you have had a hysterectomy.

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