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should a virgin get a pap smear

A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wolski Jr
9 years experience General Practice
Depends on her age: Current guidelines recommend that women get their first pap at the age of 21, even if they are sexually active prior to that. Exceptions (where it sho ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Diedrich
13 years experience Gynecology
Age 21: The first pap should be done at age 21 regardless of whether someone is a virgin or not. You can get cervical cancer without ever having sex (it is ve ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Guidelines: There are various guidelines that recommend that pap smears begin after first intercourse or age 21, whichever comes first. I've never understood what ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Enggano
11 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Majority of women who get cervical cancer have hpv infection, which is transmitted by sexual intercourse. However, a small percentage of women are no ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Pretty much: the same meaning. Take care
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maritza Baez
16 years experience Family Medicine
Yearly: Every year starting at age 21. Once you are 30 and all your pap smears have been normal, you can go every 3 years to get your pap test.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Kushner
Specializes in Gynecology
Pap: It is safe. However, i would definitely inform your doctor that you have not had intercourse , as your doctor must take precautions to be as gentle as ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Hulse
26 years experience Gynecology
Shouldn't be. : Having your first pelvic exam is typically an anxiety provoking experience. An exam and Pap smear should not be painful. You do not need a Pap smear b ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Geisler
26 years experience Gynecologic Oncology
Pelvic exam: A woman over 35 needs a pelvic exam including a bimanual and rectovaginal examination yearly. Your pap smear, if normal, may not need to be yearly.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Daus
36 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pap Smear: This depends on when your last pap smear was taken, your age, and the results of your last pap smear. Most doctors like to have a current normal pap ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Depends: age, nl pap: According to the american college of ob/gyne, pap smears should begin at age 21, then every 2 yrs ages 21-29. Women 30 and older, if 3 normal yearly p ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Miller
40 years experience Pathology
More often: Regular breast examinations don't detect all breast cancers early, but they do find some. You don't want to avoud such examinations except for the in ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vinod Shidham
Specializes in Pathology
Annual is best.: Many guidelines are recommended (sadly recommends less frequent that annual pap to avoid overtreatment). If you can afford (and prevent overtreatme ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chevies Newman
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: If virginal you will not have cellular abnormalities of the cervix. If concerned about a pap, politely decline and tell the doc you want to be on the ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sometimes: If the hpv virus does not change the cellular content of the pap smear then it will be reported as negative even though it was present. Many pap labs ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maritza Baez
16 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: A pap test looks for cervical cancer. If you had a full hysterectomy, it means you don't have a cervix and therefore can't get cervical cancer and you ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No: Pap smear does not reveal an abortion. Do not miss getting a pap because of you unfounded fear.
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ruth Crystal
26 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Maybe: Dysplasia (precancerous changes in the cervix) is most often caused by hpv virus infection. Having sex with a man who carries hpv can cause this. Mo ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
32 years experience Pathology
Abnormal pap smear: Whenever certain abnormalities are noted on pap smears, a colposcopy and biopsy is indicated. This study allows for a better view of the uterine cerv ... Read More
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A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maritza Baez
16 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: As long as your are 21 or older, yes you need a pap smear to look for cervical cancer or abnormal cells in the cervix.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Detecting Pregnancy: A pelvic exam and the visual part of a pap smear can clue the doctor into asking if you could be pregnant. The pap part of the exam, the scraping of t ... Read More
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