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Are pap smears nescessary after 70?

Are pap smears nescessary after 70?

Pap smear: Not if you have never had moderate or severe dysplasia and 3 normal paps (no dysplasia, no high risk hpv) in a row. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap smear (cervical smear) is a text looking at the cells from the canal and outside of the cervix to see if any abnormalities (especially ...Read more


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Where does one get pap smears done?

Where does one get pap smears done?

Usually your : Doctor's office. Other sites that provide the service are, medical clinics, local city or county health department, college health center, family planning centers and women’s health services. ...Read more

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Can virgins have to get pap smears?

Can virgins have to get pap smears?

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 very rare, but i've seen it). ...Read more

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How frequently should I get pap smears?

How frequently should I get pap smears?

Depends: If they all have been normal/negative you should get them every 3-5 years depending on how your doctor sends it. (if they send a co-test, which looks at cells and checks for hpv, you only need it every 5 years). If you have had an abnormal pap, you'll need it more often. What is your history? ...Read more

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Should I wait 3 years between pap smears?

That depends: Older women who are negative for troublesome virus strains and have had no abnormal cells can wait longer than others. There are protocols that your physician can advise you about. ...Read more

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What happens when u have several abnormal pap smears?

What happens when u have several abnormal pap smears?

It depends,,,: It depends on the results. If it's low to high grade, things like colposcopy and excision biopsy are done. If biopsy shows carcinoma in situ, the same schedule for paps is maintained. But if it's more invasive things like surgery and chemotherapy may be done. It's important to keep getting paps every year if they're abnormal as it is there to prevent the abnormalities from becoming invasive. ...Read more

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I need some advice on abnormal pap smears--never had one before?

I need some advice on abnormal pap smears--never had one before?

Needs follow-up: It needs to be checked. The viral assays are changing the protocols. The test is a screen for cervical cancer and pre-cancer and as such is very sensitive -- but please do get the follow-up your physician suggests. ...Read more

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I'm curious what could happen when you have reoccuring abnormal pap smears?

You see your doc: Depending on the abnormality, usually the patient will have a colposcopy. This is a procedure where the clinician looks closely at your cervix and can biopsy any areas that look abnormal. The reason this is done is that pre-cancer or overt cancer can be identified. The reason paps are important is they can find abnormalities before they become cancer. ...Read more

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What diseases do pap smears check for?

What diseases do pap smears check for?

Package deal: The pap smear per se checks for abnormal cells on the cervix, which many times can be watched, because the body heals itself and gets rid of the virus that has been acuired by sexual intercourse causing the abnormal cells, and sometimes require surgery to prevent the development for cervical cancer. Usually, at the time of the pap smear tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia done. ...Read more

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Are pap smears mandatory after the age 21?

Are pap smears mandatory after the age 21?

Recommended: The current recommendations can vary depending on age, however it appropriate for a women age 21 to 65 to have pap smears every three years as long as they are normal. After a hysterectomy and/or after age 65 a women with a history of normal paps does not ever need another pap. Every women should still have an annual exam. ...Read more

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Is there a child's size speculum for pap smears?

Is there a child's size speculum for pap smears?

Odd question: There is a small sized speculum designed for visualizing the cervix on virginal patients. Pap smears are not usually collected on patients unless they are sexually active, which would not require the small speculum. ...Read more

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My question is can an IUD cause abnormal pap smears?

Probably not: but you should ask your gyn just to be sure. Abnormal Pap smears can be caused by vaginal inflammation or infection, but not with IUD's. ...Read more

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I had utres and crevices removed in 96 do I still need Pap smears ?

Are ovaries present?: If you still have ovaries, they need to be examined. Pap tests post hysterectomy at your age are no longer necessary but a breast and pelvic exam should be done annually especially if ovaries are present. ...Read more

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Having trouble with pap smears. It hurts a lot and on top of that I have vaginal spasims ? How do I over come both these?

Having trouble with pap smears.  It hurts a lot and on top of that I have vaginal spasims ? How do I over come both these?

Relaxation therapies: Find a practitioner who is interested in mindfulness therapies, relaxation techniques, and hypnosis. In your case it is body controls mind. You need to turn this around to mind controls body. This is learnable. Join a meditation class. On the web heartmath.Com teaches relaxation. ...Read more

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Does a woman still need a pap smear if she was a virgin and is only with one man (husband) now? When can she stop pap smears?

Yes now till age 65: All women should start having pap smears by age 21. If she never has an abnormal smear or any cervical dysplasia or cancer, paps normally are not needed after age 65. ...Read more