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Who Should Screen

Anyone with a cervix, including women and TTGD (Two-Spirit, transgender and gender diverse) people, between the ages of 25 and 69, should screen for cervical cancer every three or five years. 

You should screen regularly for cervical cancer if:

  • You’ve had the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
  • You've ever had any sexual contact with another person of any gender, even if you are not sexually active right now; and/or
  • You’ve been through menopause
You do not need to screen for cervical cancer if:

  • You have any symptoms, like bleeding between periods.
  • You've had your cervix removed for any reason (such as total hysterectomy).
    Talk to a health care provider to see if cervix screening is still required. 
You should screen for cervical cancer using a Pap test if: 

  • You’re pregnant or using a pessary.
    See a health care provider to discuss cervix screening options and when to screen. 
You can stop cervix screening at age 69 if you’ve always had normal Pap tests. Talk to a health care provider if you’ve had treatment for pre-cancer cells in the past.

Your questions

Screening is recommended for people with a cervix, including women and TTGD (Two-Spirit, transgender and gender-diverse) people. If you do not have a cervix, we can update our records so you no longer receive future communications about cervix screening.

If you have any of the following speak to a health care provider. It is important to investigate these symptoms - even if your screening results are normal.
  • Vaginal bleeding after sex, between periods or after menopause
  • Abnormal or increased vaginal discharge
  • Unexplained pelvic pain or pain during sex

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