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A 19-year-old female asked:

is it bad if i've never been seen by a gynecologist? i know it's mandatory to get a pap smear at year 16/17 but saw my moms and they gave me birthcont

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Dr. Steven Hebert
Pathology 29 years experience
GYN: Once you've become sexually active its suggested you see your GYN and get pelvic exam and a PAP smear.

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