I am confused about how frequently I am supposed to have a pap smear. I am 28 and mine have always been normal, and I am now married and monogamous. Should I have a pap every year or every other year? Do the recommendations change with age? If I don't need a pap smear should I still see a gynecologist for an annual exam? Thanks!
— Annually Confused
First of all, thank you for asking such a great question! I am inspired by your proactive approach to preventative care, of which pap smears and annual exams are very important — especially for young women! So let's review the guidelines for these preventative measures.