PAP Smears

While some women choose an OB/GYN for their regular PAP smear, the Our Family Doctor medical staff is also qualified and experienced in providing this important test. In some cases, your PAP smear can be combined with a routine visit to your doctor, saving you valuable time and effort.

Our physicians also remain current on the most recent recommendations from the American Cancer Society regarding how often this test should be performed.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women have their first Pap smear about three years after they become sexually active or by age 21, whichever comes first. Subsequent Pap smears should occur every two years thereafter with a liquid based Pap test or annually with a conventional test. However, the frequency in which women get Pap smears is not the same for everyone. While one woman may need an annual Pap smear, another woman may only need a Pap smear every three years. How often a woman needs a Pap smear depends on several factors, like age, general health, and findings from previous Pap smears.