Why Do Pap Smears Stop At 65?

At what age are Pap smears no longer necessary?

Pap smears typically continue throughout a woman’s life, until she reaches the age of 65, unless she has had a hysterectomy.

If so, she no longer needs Pap smears unless it is done to test for cervical or endometrial cancer)..

At what age should a woman stop seeing a gynecologist?

Women over age 65 can stop getting screened if they’ve had at least three consecutive negative Pap tests or at least two negative HPV tests within the previous 10 years, according to the guidelines. But women who have a history of a more advanced precancer diagnosis should continue to be screened for at least 20 years.

How often should a 70 year old woman have a Pap smear?

Pap smear. The ACS and ACOG are a little more specific; they suggest that screenings end at age 65 or 70 in low-risk women who’ve had three consecutive normal Pap tests or no abnormal smears for 10 years.

Is a Pap smear necessary after age 65?

In general, women older than age 65 don’t need Pap testing if their previous tests were negative and they have had three Pap tests, or two combined Pap and HPV tests, in the preceding 10 years. However, there are situations in which a health care provider may recommend continued Pap testing.

Why do smear tests stop at 65?

Why we stop screening at 64 Cervical screening prevents cervical cancer because it can find and remove abnormal cells before they have a chance to turn cancerous. Cervical cancer usually develops very slowly.

How often should you have a Pap smear after 65?

Routine screening is recommended every three years for women ages 21 to 65. You could also consider combining the Pap test with human papillomavirus screening or the HPV test alone every five years after the age of 30.