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Do Women Need Pap Smears after Menopause?


Throughout adulthood, women regularly have Pap smears, but should they continue to have this test after menopause? Absolutely, says Holly Lucille, ND, RN, women’s health expert and author of Bottom Line Inc’s The Natural Side of Menopause blog. Pap smears look for cervical changes and remain important as a screening device even after menopause. Women also should continue to be screened for HPV (human papillomavirus), which can lie dormant in the body for many years.

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