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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.

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Bleeding and spotting after sexual intercourse? Do I need a pap smear?

Bleeding and spotting after sexual intercourse? Do I need a pap smear?

See your doctor: Such bleeding is not normal and you should consult your doctor. Pap may be one of the tests, but you may need additional investigation.

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Would having a pap smear be painful? I haven't had sexual intercourse in a long time.

Would having a pap smear be painful? I haven't had sexual intercourse in a long time.

No: Having a pap smear should never be painful in a healthy person. Not having sexual intercourse for awhile may make the test uncomfortable for some people but tell your doctor your fears and the exam should be more comfortable. In women with active vaginal infection or other health issues, the exam may be painful for those reasons. Lack of sexual activity is never a reason to not have annual exams.

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I am 25 year old female. I have severely painful sexual intercourse that burns. I've had a pap-smear recently show no infections. What else can it be?

I am 25 year old female. I have severely painful sexual intercourse that burns. I've had a pap-smear recently show no infections. What else can it be?

Vag dilatation: Dyspareunia or painful intercourse might be incomplete dilatation of the vagina causing neurological pressure, infection which has been ruled out here and dryness of vagina. In latter instance surub should be u to minimize friction and if needed vaginal dilatation to minimize severe pressure on penile entry. Emotional problems may also add to symptoms.

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I had slightly irregular results to my pap smear. However, I got the HPV vaccine many years ago. Am I contagious when it comes to sexual intercourse?

I had slightly irregular results to my pap smear. However, I got the HPV vaccine many years ago. Am I contagious when it comes to sexual intercourse?

HPV: If the cervical changes were due to hpv this can be communicated to a sexual partner. The vaccine does not provide protection against all strains, but most of those causing cancer are included. No vaccine is 100% effective. Discuss this with your gynecologist.

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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!

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How common is cervical cancer for a 25 year old who has never had a pap smear? I have engaged in sexual activity but have not had intercourse.

Uncommon: Most cervical cancers are due to infection with a virus, human papiloma virus (hpv) which is usually acquired through sexual intercourse. Oral sex can transmit hpv and using condom is not protective either. You are too young to have cervical cancer, but I would strongly urge you to seek care for preventive services, including hpv vaccine, though you may have missed the recommended age for vaccine.

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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".

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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?

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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?

Blood after sex: If your pap was after you had the bleeding than that's 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

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I've never had a pap smear but I am 16 and have been sexually active for 3 years. Does the pap smear check for more than the blood test?

I've never had a pap smear but I am 16 and have been sexually active for 3 years. Does the pap smear check for more than the blood test?

Yes certainly: Also would be a screen for several STD's (warts certainly, but other tests for GC and chlamydia could easily be also done). Mainly, it looks for cells that can become cancer. This has lowered cervical cancer 90% and made cervical cancer from about the number 1 cause of death in your age, to about gone.

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KU doc tested me 4 chlamydia w/pap smear. I'm 21 & don't want my mom knowing about my sexual life. She's waitin on test results. Wat 2 say when it comes??

KU doc tested me 4 chlamydia w/pap smear. I'm 21 & don't want my mom knowing about my sexual life. She's waitin on test results. Wat 2 say when it comes??

Honesty: Well, you could just give her the results of the PAP (abnormal cells or no) and not mention the infectious work-up. Or you could talk to her now, let her know what your concerns are and maybe she'll take that opportunity to talk to you about personal responsibility, safe sex-you know things that every adult should know (there's worse things than chlamydia to acquire and I'm sure she wants you safe)

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Can a 15 year old get a pap smear if she is sexually active?

Can a 15 year old get a pap smear if she is sexually active?

Yes: You can. However it really is not recommended and not needed. The papsmear screens for cervical cancer. However there are many false positives (tests looks abnormal when it is really fine) and that leads to unnecessary and potentially harmful biopsies and surgeries on the cervix. That is why papsmears are usually not done at an early age. Better to get the hpv vaccine or tested for infections.

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Why do you have to get a pap cervical smear if your a virgin and are not sexually active?

Why do you have to get a pap cervical smear if your a virgin and are not sexually active?

There are other...: ...Causes of cervical cancer, besides hpv. Both the american cancer society and the the american college of obstetricians & gynecologists recommend that all women have an initial pap smear by the age of 21, regardless of whether or not they've had sexual intercourse. How often you have them after that will depend on when you do become sexually active.

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If I never have sex do I never need a pap smear? Does someone who has never become sexually active really need a pap smear? .

If I never have sex do I never need a pap smear? Does someone who has never become sexually active really need a pap smear? .

Cervical: Cervical cancer is almost non-existant in celibate catholic nuns who have never had sex. While the pap test or smear is used for detection of abnormal cells in the cervix, occasionally an endometrial cancer will be detected. Also, during the exam, the uterus and ovaries are also checked. Nuns have higher rates of ovarian cancer than childbearing women so they may not need paps but may benefit from gynecologic examinations.

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Should I tell my doctor that having a pap smear induces flashbacks of childhood sexual abuse?

Should I tell my doctor that having a pap smear induces flashbacks of childhood sexual abuse?

Yes: I agree that you should tell your ob-gyn and then ask him/her or research yourself a licensed psychologist or therapist who specializes in the treatment of childhood sexual abuse. You can start here: http://www. Rainn. Org/get-information/types-of-sexual-assault/child-sexual-abuse.

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I'm 20 and am not sexually active, do I need to get a pap smear when I turn 21?

Females and Doctors: You may not need a pap smear but a pelvic exam is wise. Getting used to regular health care, gathering information about your body and health from a physician can be a valuable part of your healthy life. And, you must get the gardisil vaccine. Please do not miss this vital vaccination.

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Can I have a pap smear even if I'm only 20 yrs old but have been sexually active?

PAP: Absolutely, you really need to have one done. The PAP smear is a test where a brush is used to collect cells from the surface of the cervix. These cells are examined by a pathologist and cytology technologist who look for atypical or malignant cells. A PAP smear can save your life. See you doctor.

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