Someone asked us:
Does having sex or the type of sex change the frequency of how often I should get a Pap Test done? (penis-vagina sex v. dildo-vagina sex v. nothing-in-vagina sex v. no sex at all) I’m 27.
While having unprotected vaginal sex can make you more susceptible to the kind of stuff Pap tests screen for, regular Pap tests are a good idea for everyone — regardless of whether or not they’re having sex, how much, or what kind of sex they’re having. It’s recommended that you get a Pap test every three years, starting when you’re 21. But you and your health care provider can talk about your health and sex life, to figure out whether you should have them more frequently.
Pap tests screen for pre-cancerous cells in your cervix. Why do pre-cancerous cells sometimes show up in your cervix in the first place, you ask? We know that certain high-risk types of HPV can cause infections that can lead to cervical cancer.
-Alex at PPFA