Q: Do I still need to get Pap smears after having a baby?
A: Pap smear is a screening test that can help your doctor spot abnormalities in your cervix, and it's important for all women to receive them regularly, regardless of whether you've had a baby. The Pap identifies changes to cells that may lead to cancer if left unchecked, and getting them on a regular basis helps ensure that any problems can be caught and treated early. Talk to your doctor about how often he recommends you get Pap smears now. If you're over 30 and you've had a few normal Paps in a row, you may be able to get them less frequently, according to guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.