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A 30-year-old member asked:

what is the pap test testing for?

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology 24 years experience
Pap test: Is done to look for changes in the cells of the cervix to diagnose cervical dysplasia or cancer.

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A 18-year-old female asked:

Will a pap smear make me loose?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Will make a woman...: A routine pap smear will make a woman less likely to get cervical disease such as cervical cancer. A pap smear will not make her loose, tight, nor anything else in that manner.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Should i get pap smear before 21 years old?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: Most recommend you start monitoring after the initiation of sexual activity.If there is no exposure before 21, there is no specific need. Use of the hpv vaccine in preteens may eventually reduce need for paps, but surveillance for stis is very important as some can make you sterile if they go unrecognized and untreated.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Results of pap smear is normal but endocervical and or squamous metaplastic cells. Endocervical component are present. What does this mean?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Slight abnormality: I am sure your gynecologist can help you address your concerns. Metaplastic cells are slightly abnormal but they are not cancerous. So you do not need to worry. Yet you need to continue to have regular pap smear testing as advised by your gynecologist and follow up on this abnormality which is likely to resolve with time.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

I'm still a virgin 21 i was wondering should I get a pap smear?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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 kind of sense this makes. If a pap smear can be obtained easily and without discomfort or injury, then there's no harm. Your physician's your best guide.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have a agus (atypical glandular cells) pap smear?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Kelvin White
Family Medicine 33 years experience
REPEAT PAP: MAY NEED MICROSCOPIC EXAM OF THE CERVIX; FOLLOW UP CLOSELY WITH GYN

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