I recently went to the gynecologist to renew my birth control prescription. I was told by two nurses that women on birth control pills need a pap smear every six months and that I was due for a pap smear. I had never heard of this before. I told them (1) I wasn’t sexually active, (2) I used the pill for pain management, and (3) I had a pap smear in June and it showed nothing out of the ordinary. They insisted I needed a pap smear and had me take off my pants. When the gynecologist came in, I explained the situation and she was nice enough to apologize for the nurses. However, she did say they performed pap smears more frequently on women who “had a lot of sex.”
I was (and still am) very confused. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
Edit: I just want to thank everyone who commented. There was a lot of information and insight I hadn’t considered. The more I reflected on the situation, the more I was bothered by what happened, so I’m definitely going to look into switching gynecologists and filing a complaint.