The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that most women only undergo a Pap smear every 3 years starting at age 21, and even less frequently after age 30 if they also are tested for the human papillomavirus with the Pap smears.
A few weeks ago, the OB/Gyns published guidelines advising women to continue having annual pelvic exams. This exam is where a speculum is inserted in the vagina and the physician also feels for abnormalities with his or her hands. The Pap smear part is where a sample of cells is taken from the cervix and sent to a lab for analysis.
This recommendation demonstrates an utter lack of responsibility taken on the part of the gynecologists for the cost of healthcare in the U.S. This recommendation would encourage our healthcare system to spend several billion dollars per year in unnecessary exams. There is absolutely on evidence that these exams a woman with no symptoms in any way
Everyone in the healthcare system, government, and private industry should stand up to these ologists who are trying to scare women to receive services they don’t need, and who are putting their personal well-being above the needs of the American people.