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A 27-year-old female asked:

What do they test for during an obgyn pelvic exam? pap smear and then they swab for something? do they check for non-std infections?

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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Ask your dr: A gyn exam may or may not include a pap test, std testing or other testing, depending on your symptoms and your situation. At age 24, your dr/clinic should routinely check for stds, but if you're at risk, ask for testing (gonorrhea, chlamydia, hiv, syphilis, hepatitis, trichomonad).Symptoms like a vaginal discharge may prompt testing for nonstd infections. Talk with your dr.
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Dr. Matthew Nelsen
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not Usually!: Generally, the pap/pelvic exam is screening for cancers, specifically cervical cancer or precancerous abnormalities associated with hpv (a virus that can lead to cervical cancer). Also a mass on the ovaries (for ovarian cancer/tumors) may be felt with the bimanual exam. But, if you are concerned about certain infections, your doctor can do a swab or observe for yeast or bacterial vaginosis.
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Dr. Barry Kahn
Pathology 33 years experience
Some: The pap smear with ancillary testing is quite useful, not only in evaluating for cancerous and precancerous lesions, but there are also a variety of infections (both sexually and non-sexually transmitted) that can be identified in the pap smear (hpv, trich, herpes, bacterial vaginosis, candida, gonorrhea and chlamydia). However, not all infections can be seen in a pap smear.
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Dr noticed visible white leisons on cervix during pap and i bled from pelvic exam. Pap results came back normal with no stds. Why do I have leison?
Dr. Richard Wallner
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Several possible...: ....Things are likely causes such as hpv, dysphasia(even with a normal pap), or nabothian cysts. See an md that can give you a diagnosis.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Pain during intercourse at vagina opening, came on gradually starting ~6 mos ago. Pap smears/std screens negative. Don't think it's yeast infection.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
See a gynecologist: You must be examined and thoroughly evaluated to have this diagnosed and managed appropriately. Go soon and feel better.
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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 20 years experience
I agree, a gynecologist may be able to determine if there is an anatomical or endocrinological cause of your dyspareunia (pain with intercourse). All the best.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
I experience vaginal pain during intercourse with my boyfriend, specifically around the opening of my vagina. No signs of yeast infection, STD screens negative/pap smears negative.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Bleeding after sex lasting 3 wks. had pap and exam no STDs, infections, or leisons. not rough sex. what could it be?
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Causes of tearing with sex, causing bleeding?Normal pap smears, no stds or infections.Is it unlikely to be any cancers? Is this common and or serious?
Dr. Navita Modi
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Polyp: Sometimes endometrial polyp can do that or cervical polyp ,I want you to see your obgyn and then get pelvic us and also a exam
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