Pap smear: Still needed after hysterectomy?
A Pap test, also called a Pap smear, is a routine screening test for early diagnosis of cervical cancer.
If you had a partial hysterectomy — when the uterus is removed but the lower end of the uterus (cervix) remains — your health care provider will likely recommend continued Pap tests.
Similarly, if you had a partial hysterectomy or a total hysterectomy — when both the uterus and cervix are removed — for a cancerous or precancerous condition, regular Pap tests are still recommended as an early detection tool to monitor for a new cancer or precancerous change.
You can stop having Pap tests, however, if you had a total hysterectomy for a noncancerous condition.
Your age matters, too.
If you're unsure whether you still need Pap tests, discuss with your doctor what's best for you.
Last updated: October 13th, 2015