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Are Pap tests still needed after removal of the uterus (hysterectomy)?Answers from Sandhya Pruthi, M.D.It depends.
A Pap test, also called a Pap smear, is a routine screening test for early diagnosis of cervical cancer.
If you had a partial hysterectomy — when the uterus is removed but the lower end of the uterus (cervix) remains — your health care provider will likely recommend continued Pap tests.
Similarly, if you had a partial hysterectomy or a total hysterectomy — when both the uterus and cervix are removed — for a cancerous or precancerous condition, regular Pap tests are still recommended as an early detection tool to monitor for a new cancer or precancerous change.
You can stop having Pap tests, however, if you had a total hysterectomy for a noncancerous condition.
Your age matters, too.
If you're unsure whether you still need Pap tests, discuss with your doctor what's best for you.
My sister thinks she does'nt ever have to be checked down there since her total hysterectomy after reading this I guess she's right since she did not have any precancer only fibroids. This stuff is so confusing
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