After hysterectomy

Some women who have had a hysterectomy may need to continue having Pap tests.

It depends on the type of hysterectomy, the reason for the hysterectomy and the woman's Pap test history prior to surgery.

Women will still need regular Pap tests or vaginal smears (where a cell sample is taken from the top of the vagina) if they:

  • still have a cervix
  • had a hysterectomy as part of treatment for a gynaecological cancer (e.g. cervical, ovarian, endometrial or vaginal cancer)
  • have ever had a significant abnormality detected on a Pap test or have never had a Pap test.

If you have had a hysterectomy, ask your doctor whether you still need to have Pap tests.

For more information view the Pap tests after hysterectomy information sheet

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