Ruth from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia asked:

If you’ve had a hysterectomy, do you no longer need regular pap smears (cervical screening tests)?

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A doctor told my friend that she doesn't need Pap smears/cervical screening after her hysterectomy. Is that true?

Our answer

If a woman has had a hysterectomy, it does not necessarily mean she no longer needs to have regular cervical screening tests.

Women still need regular screening tests if they have a cervix (if they had a sub-total hysterectomy or partial hysterectomy).

Women without a cervix (who had a total hysterectomy) may still need follow-up tests (using a cell sample taken from the top of the vagina) if they:

If you have had a hysterectomy, ask your doctor whether you still need to have cervical cancer screening.

This page was last updated on: April 13, 2018

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