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Do you need to get a pap smear in order to get birth control at planned parenthood?

Do you need to get a pap smear in order to get birth control at planned parenthood?

No.: It is not necessary to have a pap smear done before getting counseling for birth control. A good doctor would strongly recommend having one done, but it's not required. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Is it true that planned parenthood make you get a pap smear before giving birth control?

Not necessarily. : A pap is recommended at age 21 and then every 2 years. If you had one already then you may not need one yet. ...Read more

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Do you have to get a pap smear during an appointment in order to get birth control?

Do you have to get a pap smear during an appointment in order to get birth control?

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 more

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Are pap smear tests mandatory in order to get birth control in toronto, canada?

Are pap smear tests mandatory in order to get birth control in toronto, canada?

I do not know: In the us a doctor would want to do a history and physical on the woman to make sure she has no problems or contraindications to the pill, if she is sexually active then a pap would also be done. ...Read more

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I'm 18 & I want the arm implant birth control. Do I need to get a Pap smear?

I'm 18 & I want the arm implant birth control. Do I need to get a Pap smear?

No: You do not need a Pap smear prior to insertion of an implant. However, it would be a good idea to see your GYN for breast exam and cervical culture prior to initiation of any contraceptive method. ...Read more

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Will I need to have a pap smear to get birth control?

No, but: You do not have to get a pap smear in order to get birth control. However, it appropriate for a woman 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 woman should still have an annual exam. ...Read more

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How to know if I need a pelvic exam or a pap smear to get birth control?

How to know if I need a pelvic exam or a pap smear to get birth control?

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

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I am 16 and sexually active. Do I need a pap smear to get a prescription for birth control?

I am 16 and sexually active. Do I need a pap smear to get a prescription for birth control?

No: Pap smears are indicated 3 years after beginning sexual activity or at age 21 (whichever comes first). You do not need one for a physician to prescribe birth control, nor do you need parental consent. However, it is recommended that you are honest with your parents about your sexual activity. Be sure to always use condoms. Birth control pills do not prevent sexually transmitted infections. ...Read more

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Why do I need a pap smear just to get a prescription for birth control? Why is a pap smear needed if i just want to get the birth control pill? .

It is important : Pap smears are important for sexually active women for early detection and management of early changes that may represent precursor cancerous lesions. Prevention and early intervention are better than cure and they reduce morbidity and healthcare coat. ...Read more

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Can I take my 14 year old daughter to get birth control pills? Will she have to have a pap smear? I hope not. She is not sexually active ((yet)) but I want her to be protected if and when the temptation gives in. Thanks

Yes: It is not inappropriate to prescribe birth control to a teenager. It is not necessary to perform a pap or pelvic unless there are symptoms of a problem. It is an excellent idea for you to be prepared and to prepare your daughter to be safe and responsible. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for getting a pap smear for birth control when somebody is a virgin?

Probably not needed: Virgins usually don't require a pap smear as the majority of cases of cervical cancer are caused by hpv which is sexually transmitted. You can discuss this further with the doctor precribing your birth control (and ask about the hpv vaccine). ...Read more

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Will a pap smear be performed when getting the birth control pill?

Depends: You do not necessarily need a pap smear to get a prescription for birth control. Pap smears are currently recommended every three years for sexually-active women between 21-65. If you have had several normal pap smears and you and your doctor agree that you are low risk, you can consider increasing the interval between pap smears. ...Read more

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What should I expect at ob/gyn for pap smear and birth control pills?

See below: Birth control pills have no effect on a pap smear the pap smear tells the doctor if there is a chance of you having cancer in the cervizx or not hpv is a major cause of cervical cancer and it does show up in a pap smear. ...Read more

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Can birth control affect the results of my pap smear? Could my birth control pills cause an abnormal pap smear result? .

Can birth control affect the results of my pap smear? Could my birth control pills cause an abnormal pap smear result?
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No: Unless your birth control pills predispose you to yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis infections — then they could show either of those conditions. If you have abnormal, dysplasia on a pap — that is caused by human papilloma virus. ...Read more

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My period ended 15 days ago Today I'm mildly cramping & spotting I'm not on any birth control I had a Pap smear 2 days after my period ended. Normal?

My period ended 15 days ago Today I'm mildly cramping & spotting I'm not on any birth control I had a Pap smear 2 days after my period ended. Normal?

Some do: Cramping mid cycle is often attributed to a small amount of blood released during egg release. In is not usually accompanied by spotting, which may be anotheer issue. Some are sensitive enough to notice, some do not. If it becomes bothersome, the pill prevents the egg release and ends the problem. Some just use some Aleave or ibuprofen for the discomfort. ...Read more

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Can my low grade abnormal pap smear or birth control be a reason why I spot alittle during sex. How long will be this way? Std negative as well.

Can my low grade abnormal pap smear or birth control be a reason why I spot alittle during sex. How long will be this way? Std negative as well.

Inflammation: Abnormal pap indicates current and recurrent infection/inflammation........which may be responsible. Not knowing your age, thick and torn hymen also can cause bleed. ...Read more

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I have no STIs, a clear pap smear, no birth control. I have been getting brown painful periods that last 2 wks my 1 and only Depo-Provera was 15 months ago?

I have no STIs, a clear pap smear, no birth control.  I have been getting brown painful periods that last 2 wks my 1 and only Depo-Provera was 15 months ago?

Anovulatory bleeding: Pregnancy is always on the list of possibilities when a woman has abnormal uterine bleeding or cycles. You may be having anovulatory cycles (cycle without producing an egg from the ovary). If a urine pregnancy test is negative, I would recommend evaluation by your gynecologist, and treatment will depend on the cause of the abnormal bleeding and your current short-term pregnancy goals. ...Read more

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Can lab tech make mistakeI went to planned parenthood for Pap smear on lab it says I tested postive but the doc told me negative should I draw blood?

Can lab tech make mistakeI went to planned parenthood for Pap smear on lab it says I tested postive but the doc told me negative should I draw blood?

Some questions: What did the lab result say you tested positive for? Some labs will have a category labeled "positive" on their reports which lists anything found even if no significance for cervical cancer. So if other cells or organisms (fungi/yeast) are seen it may be reported "positive". Or perhaps you are talking about the HPV part--blood tests likely not helpful. Ask your doc to clarify/repeat. ...Read more

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I want to get a refill on my birth control do I have a right to decline a pap test and still get a prescription?

I want to get a refill on my birth control do I have a right to decline a pap test and still get a prescription?

That is between you : Your doc, if u were my pt, you would have to come for a visit(once per yr if no problems) so I could check your BP and do a pelvic, if you wanted to decline the pap I would make you sign a form, but I would never give u a script without doing the other part of the exam to make sure everything is ok like no high blood pressure or pelvic tumors. ...Read more

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If I do not get a pap test can my doctor discontinue to perscribe me birth control medication?

Yes and no: Prescription meds should be continued only in the setting of an ongoing physician-patient relationship. An annual evaluation is what I would consider a minimum to maintain a working relationship with a patient. A pap should not be required to continue birth control- it is only a test and is no longer recommended annually. An annual exam should be done with or without a pap. ...Read more

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I've always had regular Pap smears. Always one partner and use birth control. Just got ASC-US results with no HPV or anything. What can this mean?

I've always had regular Pap smears. Always one partner and use birth control. Just got ASC-US results with no HPV or anything. What can this mean?

Need for follow-up: ASCUS is non-specific finding and you need to follow your doctor's advice for follow up testing. It may disappear on follow-up testing. It is good that you do not have HPV. It is not something to worry about. ...Read more

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During my 6week check up doctor did the usual pap smear came back high grade. . Never had an abnormal one before. Is this sometimes normal after birth?

Yes but...: Often times the pap will go back to normal after childbirth. However, you still will need a colposcopy to make sure your cervix doesn't have any severe or cancerous changes now. ...Read more

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Do you need another pap test for getting birth control?

Typically: Most physicians will want to do a physical and pap smear before giving you birth control pills, particularly the first time. However, speak to your physician. If you had a pap smear 6 months ago, they will typically give you enough to get to your next physical. ...Read more

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Can I have pap smear 6 months after caesarean birth?

Some docs do: A pap with the 6 weeks exam esp if u had a previous abnormal pap, somedocs do the pap 1 yr from your previous pap if the previous one was normal. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Wright
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more


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