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The Prenatal PAP

I had the opportunity to attend a women’s health conference last week.  Not much on pregnancy, mostly preventing cervical cancer.  But one important take home point for everyone working with pregnant women.

The latest guidelines for pregnancy will be to perform a PAP test ONLY if the PAP is due.  It will not be a routine part of the prenatal visit.

And when it is due depends on many things, like the age of the woman and what type of testing she had for her last PAP and the results.  For example, if a woman has a negative PAP with HPV testing, she should not have a PAP again until 3 years – this isn’t she can stretch it out to three years, it is that she should not have it done again until 3 years.  It simply isn’t cost effective because the HPV testing has such good predictive value.

Good information to know.

 

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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