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Why do I need to see an OBGYN when I'm in my 20s?

It is important to see an obstetrician/gynecologist (OBGYN) when you are in your 20s. Pap smear screening for cervical cancer begins in your 20s. Clinical guidelines recommend Pap smears every three to five years; however, gynecologic exams should still be administered annually. Your gynecologist will also discuss the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine with you if you haven’t already been vaccinated. Her or she will continue to work with you on contraception management and sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention and screening. This might also be the time you begin preconception planning and even reproductive management, if you’re starting to have children.

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