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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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I'm considering going for my first pelvic exam & Pap smear. I'm 21, a virgin, & concerned about pain. Will the speculum hurt or tear my hymen?

I'm considering going for my first pelvic exam & Pap smear. I'm 21, a virgin, & concerned about pain. Will the speculum hurt or tear my hymen?

Not to worry.: Women and girls may be judged by their happiness, their friendliness, and many other wonderful traits, but not by the condition of their hymens. It makes absolutely no difference whether a person has a big hymen, little hymen, broken hymen, unbroken hymen, etc... One need not worry about hymens when seeing her doctor, as it cannot matter in a free, modern, equitable society. ...Read more

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I need a female gynecologist. There's been no exams, pap smear, or mammogram in 10-15 Yrs. My family dr says I had a UTI. I think the antibiotic GAV?

I need a female gynecologist. There's been no exams, pap smear, or mammogram in 10-15 Yrs. My family dr says I had a UTI. I think the antibiotic GAV?

Asking your doc...: ... is the best bet to clear your current concern/confusion since s/he knows more about your pertinent clinical profile than anyone online. How to put all related things for good care together correctly? Refer to and follow instructions described in articles listed in http://www. Formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html & in http://www. Formefirst. Com/onUTI. Html. More? Welcome to contact me. ...Read more

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If I go to the doctor, when do they have to do a pelvic exam/pap smear/mammogram?

If I go to the doctor, when do they have to do a pelvic exam/pap smear/mammogram?

Yearly mammogram: It is recommended that women over 40 get a yearly mammogram with a clinical breast examination. As far as the frequency of pelvic exam and pap smear it would be best to check with your primary health care provider or gynecologist. Perhaps another expert on HealthTap can answer that for you. ...Read more

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Why do you spot blood or get brownish spotting after a pelvic exam/pap smear? Only notice on toilet paper after urination.

Why do you spot blood or get brownish spotting after a pelvic exam/pap smear? Only notice on toilet paper after urination.

Maybe just ok...: Give at least one week to pass by and I would not worry as long as getting better and better day by day.

If any doubt, see and talk with professionals with a proper urinalysis to clear and address your personal concern.

Meanwhile practice healthy lifestyle and avoid any forms of overindulgence and obsession.

Best wish... ...Read more

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I was dxed with a UTI on 12/23. I have a ob/gyn appt 12/30 for a pelvic exam/pap smear. Would the UTI effect this? Should I reschedule?

I was dxed with a UTI on 12/23. I have a ob/gyn appt 12/30 for a pelvic exam/pap smear. Would the UTI effect this? Should I reschedule?

No problem: If you have a UTI now and are being treated, the infection should be gone by the time of your exam 12/30. Having just had a UTI will not interfere with an exam. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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On and off lower left pelvic pain for a year now. What can be the cause? Numerous ultrasounds, pelvic exams, pap smears & 1 CTscan. Becoming depressed

On and off lower left pelvic pain for a year now. What can be the cause? Numerous ultrasounds, pelvic exams, pap smears & 1 CTscan. Becoming depressed

Could you have: Spasm of muscles in area, leading to pain. This would not necessarily be seen on testing. Have you ever tried a muscle relaxer from your Dr? It might help. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to be bleeding heavily (heavier than any period) following a first time annual exam? No Pap smear was done, and it's been over 24 hour

Is it dangerous to be bleeding heavily (heavier than any period) following a first time annual exam? No Pap smear was done, and it's been over 24 hour

Likely unrelated: You annual examination and heavier period are probably unrelated. If it becomes a recurring issue, you should consult your doctor. You may take oral iron and multivitamin supplement to prevent iron deficiency and anemia.
Unrelated to your question; take HPV vaccination, practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Will a pelvic exam and pap smear detect pcos and/or endometriosis?

Will a pelvic exam and pap smear detect pcos and/or endometriosis?

No: Not really. The pelvic exam can rule out any masses or major abnormalities. Pcos is diagnosed based on clinical findings and abnormalities in blood work (hormonal). Endometriosis is diagnosed by laparoscopy. ...Read more

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Is it ok to start using depo before a pelvic exam or Pap smear? And what should one do to prevent bone loss on depo?

Is it ok to start using depo before a pelvic exam or Pap smear? And what should one do to prevent bone loss on depo?

Yes: Yes. Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) will not affect your pelvic exam or Pap smear. Bone density that is lost while taking Depo is likely to be recovered naturally once Depo is stopped. Your risk of fracture as you age will be similar to that of someone who never took Depo. That said, you can help prevent bone loss by exercising and getting adequate calcium. ...Read more

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Poistcoital bleeding, no std, pelvic exam and pap smear are normal only bacterial vaginosis, I don't bleed on second rounds, what is the cause?

Poistcoital bleeding, no std, pelvic exam and pap smear are normal only bacterial vaginosis, I don't bleed on second rounds, what is the cause?

Cervicitis?: Postcoital bleeding often means cervicitis, which often goes along with BV. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas are common causes, but most cervicitis has unknown causes. Ask your doctor if you have cervicitis; about the newer DNA test for trich (the older microscope exam and culture miss many cases); and maybe trying antibiotics. Anyway, keep working on it; the answer shouldn't be difficult. ...Read more

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I have had a great deal of tension in my pelvic floor for years. My pelvic exams and pap smears are normal. What might cause this ongoing discomfort?

I have had a great deal of tension in my pelvic floor for years. My pelvic exams and pap smears are normal. What might cause this ongoing discomfort?

Muscle imbalance: Not uncommon:pelvic floor muscle imbalance; +/- paradoxical spasm/contraction when relaxation should occur, vice versa. Can be rel. Extl (vaginismus), or intl. Can be assoc w/ dropped bladder and/or rectum commonly associated with pregnancy, pelvic surgery, e.g. Hysterectomy, internal hernias, ; some can be assoc with history of abuse. May be related to bowel issues. Physical and radiol/sono tests. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a pelvic exam and a pap smear?

What are the differences between a pelvic exam and a pap smear?

Pap vs Pelvic Exam: For a pap, the doctor places a speculum in the vagina and uses a small soft brush to sample some cervical cells. The cells are sent to a lab to check for cervical cancer.
A pelvic exam includes a bimanual exam where the provider places a finger in the vagina and uses her other hand on the abdomen. By doing this, the doc/np is able to tell the size of uterus and ovaries. ...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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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 spot between EVERY period. Pelvic exam, ultrasound, MRI, pap smear, blood work all normal. Can this just be normal for me? Can I stop it somehow?

I spot between EVERY period. Pelvic exam, ultrasound, MRI, pap smear, blood work all normal. Can this just be normal for me? Can I stop it somehow?

Ovulatory bleeding: Some women have bleeding with ovulation (that is the process that releases egg from the ovary). Have you tried birth control pills. They may help
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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


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