So a little background: I am 23 years old, in great health, and have been with only one partner, my current boyfriend, for the past 5 years. There is zero history of cervical cancer in my family (there's also not a history of PCOS, uterine cancer, or endometriosis in my family either, though I'm not sure if that's relevant to the question at hand). My boyfriend and I were both virgins.
The question: my mother began taking me to the gynecologist when I was 16. I had to have a pelvic exam in order to go on BCP to sort out my periods. Since then, I've had yearly pap smears and pelvic exams. I have a very small vagina and this exam often leaves me feeling very anxious and often in a moderate amount of pain afterwards. My gyno and mother have made it seem as though having pap smears every year is necessary. Yet... after doing my own research I've found that as long as I do not have other partners my risk of developing cervical cancer is almost nil (please correct me if this information is wrong!). So the question: is it really necessary for me, a healthy, completely monogamous woman to have yearly pap smears?? Better question: do I really need to have the Guardasil shot my gyno has been pushing me to get for the past year??
I would, of course, have one in the extremely rare (read: nearly zero percent chance) of my partner and I finding other sexual partners.
If it makes a difference: I went off BCP (Yasmin) when I was 19 due to TERRIBLE side effects. (and really, my periods are shorter off the pill, but much more manageable).
Any information/input/etc would be very welcome!