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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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Is it okay to have sexual intercourse the night before a pap smear test?

Is it okay to have sexual intercourse the night before a pap smear test?

No: A pap smear is a sample of the cells from the cervix and is used to screen for cervical cancer. It is best not to have intercourse the night before your exam because semen and other fluids may cause an abnormal test result resulting in unnecessary anxiety and further testing. Ideally, paps should be performed mid-cycle and avoid having anything in the vagina for 1-2 days prior to the exam. ...Read more

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I leak sperms immediately after intercourse with my husband and am afraid is due to a pap smear test I had some time back?

I leak sperms immediately after intercourse with my husband and am afraid is due to a pap smear test I had some time back?

Here are some...: What you observed and reported is "normally" expected since something in gets to have something to flow out according to the law of liquidity & gravitation. And such should not be related with recent/ prior PAP smear test. What is your concern? Fertility? Seek evaluation & counseling timely for specific "worry". ...Read more

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I'm female and had small amounts blood in discharge ONLY after intercourse. Had pap smear test dr said looks normal to naked eye. Is that a good sign?

I'm female and had small amounts blood in discharge ONLY after intercourse. Had pap smear test dr said looks normal to naked eye. Is that a good sign?

Blood after sex: If your pap was after you had the bleeding than thats good. You need to get the final micro report on the pap. There might be abnormal cells that you can't see with the eye. Might check a pregnancy test too just to cover all the bases...Take a deep breath! If you keep having bleeding you really need to be checked on a regular basis. An ultrasound of the uterus would be the next test if the papok ...Read more

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If I have sex before a pap smear test, will I get dysplasia?

If I have sex before a pap smear test, will I get dysplasia?

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. Most women have been exposed to some type of hpv virus if they have ever been sexually active. In young women with mild dysplasia, their immune system usually fights off the hpv infection and their pap smear becomes normal within 2 years. ...Read more

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Can sex cause my pap smear test results of cells to come back low grade, not normal. Will having sex make it worse or does it have to affect on cells.

Can sex cause my pap smear test results of cells to come back low grade, not normal. Will having sex make it worse or does it have to affect on cells.

Sex and Pap tests: Nope. Not at all. Pap tests are microscopic and look for structural changes in the cells of the cervix to predict risk of cancer. Having sexual intercoarse plays no role in the results. ...Read more

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How often should I get a pap smear test?

How often should I get a pap smear test?

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 paps, can have pap every 3 years. Hiv+ women need pap twice in first year after diagnosis and then yearly.An abnormal result will change how often a pap is recommended. Notify doctor sooner if discharge, bleeding (esp after sex), or pain. ...Read more

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Can you lose your virginity due to a pap smear test?

Can you lose your virginity due to a pap smear test?

No: Virginity means no sex. A pap test is not sexual. The speculum should not break your hymen, either. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have vaginal pain after a pap smear test?

Mild, briefly: It is normal to have some vaginal spotting and cramping after a pap smear. If you are having a lot of pain, or non-period bleeding that is more than a little spotting, you should talk to a healthcare provider. ...Read more

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When should you have a pelvic exam and a pap smear test?

At age 21: Current guidelines recommend the first pap smear at age 21. Pap smears are to be taken every other year until age 30 and then every 3 years thereafter if you have 3 normals in a row and no abnormals for the previous 10 years. Pelvic exams should begin when you are sexually active to monitor for infections, or if you are having problems with menstrual cycles, etc. ...Read more

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Today I went for a pap smear test and I saw blood on the sample! Nurse said its normal but is it?

Today I went for a pap smear test and I saw blood on the sample! Nurse said its normal but is it?

Not unusual: to generate a small amount of bleeding when scraping the cervix. No cause for alarm. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a discharge during a pap smear test my doctor said i had a discharge and took a sample to test ?

Vaginal discharge : Is common. And your doctor will see whatever discharge might be present while doing a pap smear. It sounds like when your doctor did your pap smear your doctor saw a discharge that he or she wanted to check. There are several types of vaginal or cervical infections that a woman can have, and sometimes not even know it. So it is helpful to you to have the discharge checked and see if it's ok. ...Read more

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What does a pap smear test for?

What does a pap smear test for?

Risk of cancer: It is a screening test to look for changes in cells that may at risk of becoming cancerous. If done correctly, the test can prevent vast majority of the cases of cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Can i get a pap smear test done a day after my period is done?

Yes: Yes, you can have a pap smear done at that time. I would recommend that you have a liquid based pap test and not a conventional pap smear at that time of your cycle because it allows us to remove any remaining excess blood and make sure the cells are preserved well for the best detection of any possible abnormal cells. ...Read more

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A doctor on here asked me why I had a Pap smear test done at 18... Aren't you supposed to have a Pap smear done once you're sexually active?

A doctor on here asked me why I had a Pap smear test done at 18... Aren't you supposed to have a Pap smear done once you're sexually active?

Recommendations: The recommendation guidelines were revised in 2006 to recommend initiation 3 years after the onset of sexual activity or age 21, whichever comes first. The former recommended age to start screening with pap smear was 18. This may be the cause for confusion. Thanks for following up and for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Can a blood test be as reliable as a pap smear test for stds?

Different Tests: A pap smear looks only for hpv - a virus that causes cervical cancer. Other cervical swabs test for gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis. There is no blood test for those conditions. Other stds do require a blood test such as hepatitis and hiv. ...Read more

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Can a pap smear diagnose uterine cancer? Can uterine cancer show up on a pap smear test? .

Can a pap smear diagnose uterine cancer? Can uterine cancer show up on a pap smear test?

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Yes: Pap smear may pick up endometrial cancer, but it will miss more than it will pick up. Pap is far more useful for detecting cancer of the uterine cervix. ...Read more

Cervical Smear (Definition)

A cervical smear or pap smear is a text looking at cells from the outside and canal of the cervi to see if ...Read more