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Pelvic Exams and Pap Tests Before Contraceptives (AAFP)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Procedures
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Academy of Family Physicians
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 05/09/2014
Your doctor should get a complete medical history before giving you a prescription for birth control pills. But you usually don’t need a Pap test and pelvic exam, especially if you are a teen. The tests can even be harmful.