New PAP Guidelines

New PAP Guidelines

by | October 21st, 2014


Understanding the New Pap Guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ACOG

15807132_sThere have been a lot of news reports in the past few years about how often women should have cervical screening, or Pap tests. It’s understandable if you’re confused about when to make your appointment for your well woman checkup. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) just released new Pap guidelines, clarifying the best practice for women seeking reproductive health care. ( The physicians at New York Fertility Services are here to answer all of your questions about these new Pap guidelines.

At what age should a woman get her first Pap test?
ACOG recommends that cervical cancer screening should start at 21 years old.

How often should a woman get a Pap test?
The answer depends on her age. Women without a history of cervical cancer, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or a weak immune system, should follow these guidelines:

  • Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should have a cervical screening every 3 years.
  • Women between the ages of 30 and 65 should have both the Pap test and human papilloma virus (HPV) test every 5 years. Some OBGYNs might prefer to have certain women in this age range still repeat the Pap test every 3 years.
  • After age 65, women can stop having Pap tests if they don’t have a history of dysplasia or cancer, and have had three negative Pap tests in a row within the past 10 years, if the most recent test was administered in the past 5 years.

Why do the new Pap guidelines say that women under 30 shouldn’t have HPV tests?
Even though HPV is very common among women under 30, their immune systems often fight it off without intervention. This means that even if a woman tests positive for HPV, the problem would likely go away on its own, so there’s no added benefit to test.

According to the new guidelines, I’m not due for a Pap test – should I still go for an annual exam?
Yes! Annual exams are not just for Pap and HPV tests. They offer an important opportunity for your OBGYN to review your health history, conduct a physical exam and share information about health risk prevention. Visit our Annual Exam page to learn more about the importance of these visits for fertility patients.

If you have more questions about how and if the new Pap guidelines will affect you, or to schedule your annual well woman checkup, please contact us to schedule a consultation. Dr. Batzofin and Dr. Ressler are here to provide compassionate well woman care for women from Newark to Hoboken and every borough of New York.


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The founder of New York Fertility Services, Joel Batzofin, M.D., began practicing at the advent of IVF. Fertility centers evolved as groundbreaking treatments and family-building options emerged. Our fertility doctors practice at the pinnacle of reproductive medicine—the ‘sweet spot’ where science, art and intuition meld. We are strong believers in combining advanced reproductive technologies with proven holistic, Eastern medicine therapies.

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