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Can You Lose Your Virginity Due To A Pap Smear Test
Sometimes...: During pregnancy there can be inflammation which can be interpreted as an abnormality by the pathologist. Sometimes women who carry the hpv virus can express it during pregnancy due to changes in immune response, and an abnormal pap smear can show up. It may resolve after delivery, but may need investigation during pregnancy with colposcopy and/or biopsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily.: Early pregnancy is a diagnosis made by urine or blood tests with or without ultrasound - not by history and physical examination. Your gynecologist could certainly miss an early pregnancy by just examining you and performing pap smear screening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
So I just want to confirm. It is possible to have an abnormal Pap during pregnancy due to hormonal changes and not the HPV virus?
Yes: Typically a pathologist will look at a cell's nuclear to cytoplasmic ratio to determine if cells are abnormal or not. In pregnancy, your cervix will shed basal cells, which can be frequently confused for cells with high N/C ratios. It is normal when pregnant. But in some instances it does require further workup and closer monitoring. ...Read more
Herpes testing: There are two ways to test for herpes. The first is to directly swab the lesion during an outbreak to detect the virus. This is the most definitive but only can be done during an outbreak. The second is a blood test for HSV 2 IgG antibody. This confirms a past exposure. A pap smear is a screening test for precancerous cells of the cervix and is not related to herpes. ...Read more
Expect to: Most recommend pelvic exams by 21 or within two years of starting sexual activity. Birth control requests would fall in this category.Any sexual activity requires surveillance for evidence of cervical dysplasia or std's. Your primary care provider may refer you for specific consultations when necessary. ...Read more
This would not: Be considered loss of virginity.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: Abnormal pap smears are caused by hpv or human papillomavirus. Hpv is very common and nearly 80% of us will acquire a strain of it in our lifetimes. Fortunately, most peaople will clear hpv without the need for intervention. Close follow-up is required to ensure that the abnormal cells resolve rather than progress. If your pap was abnormal after iud removal, it was likely just coincidental. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: It is not necessary to have a pap in order to get birth control but you should be up-to-date on your health care screenings. Going to the doctor to discuss birth control is also an excellent opportunity to talk about your risk factors and which tests are best for you. So, although it is not essential to have a pap to get contraception, it is important to your overall health care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: Even if it is medically recommended. You cannot be forced a medical exam such as a pap smear or a pelvic exam.. Obviously not getting tests or exams done has pros/cons. Make sure you weigh the risks of deciding or not deciding to do a certain exam or test. If pregnant, you're not just making decision for yourself, but also for baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can my low grade abnormal pap smear or birth control be a reason why I spot alittle during sex. how long will be be this way? Std negative also.
Is it normal to be nervous to have a pap smear done for the first time? Im a virgin and someone told me that during the exam it can break your hymen?
No need to get a pap: If u r 17 and a virgin there is no reason for u to get a pap done. U have wait until u r 21. Also if u r a virgin, u just need to let the dr know so they can use a smaller speculum. As for the nervousness, all women r nervous about it. It might be necessary but it is by no means natural ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My gynecologist will not perform a pap smear or test for other cancers, what could be the reason why?
Payment?: One reason is that guidelines for screening tests have changed and suggest less frequent testing. If he/she orders tests for you that your insurance regards as 'unnecessary' it won't reimburse you for the expense. There may be different reasons, based perhaps on your healh history. Ask your doctor about this instead of asking a web site to try and read his/her mind, or ask for a referral. ...Read more
Pap & Pregnancy: According to the american college of obstetricians & gynecologists it is a standard part of the first prenatal doctor's visit along with getting other labs to assess risk. ...Read more
What is the purpose for a doc to do a Pap test if someone is pregnant (first visit since home pregnant test showed positive )? Can she decline pap?
No: It should not affect those.Get a more detailed answer ›
No, but: You do not have to get a pap smear in order to get birth control. 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a gynecologist test you for STD without telling you, if you came in for routine yearly Pap smear? I am a self pay patient.
It could happen: Because almost everybody is supposed to get routine screenings for STD's, it becomes so "normal" to do it for almost all patients that it would be easy for a doctor or nurse to forget to mention that the tests are being done. For example, a nurse might count a patient's pulse without ever saying that she is counting the pulse. ...Read more
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