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AmandaJune
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Outside of any abnormalities how often should a women get a pap smear and exam down there? Most people have been telling me once a year is good.

I just started having sex about 3 months ago. So I was thinking of going 6 months after the fact just to get checked up (nothing's wrong), just keeping healthy lol. But would once a year be a good time frame - or should I do it more often??

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Heather
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Once a year for an annual exam is the usual recommendation. With pap smears, once a year is also a good benchmark, though some women may need them less often (namely, those who aren't sexually active, or who are in long-term monogamous -- on both sides -- relationships).

Per STI testing, how often to do that will usually depend on how often you are -- if you are -- having new sexual partners.

Going six months after you became sexually active sounds like a great plan to me.

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Thank you !! [Big Grin]
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