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By the way, doctor: Do I need a Pap test after hysterectomy?

January 01, 2006

Q. I had a hysterectomy in my 50s. Do I still need to have Pap tests?

A. It depends on why the hysterectomy was performed and whether your cervix was removed during the procedure. If you had an abdominal hysterectomy and the surgeon didn't remove your cervix, you'll need to continue having Pap tests on a schedule determined by your age and risk for cervical cancer. If your cervix was removed during hysterectomy for a benign condition, such as fibroids or endometriosis, you don't need further Pap tests. But if you had a hysterectomy because of cervical, ovarian, or endometrial cancer, your clinician will need to continue Pap tests to monitor for any changes in your vaginal tissues.

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