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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Overview)

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 precancerous abnormalities) are present.


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What can pap smear help you?

What can pap smear help you?

No: A pap smear is used to look for precancerous cells of the cervix before they become a problem. Your first pregnancy visit may be a good time to get one if you need it.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Overview)

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 precancerous abnormalities) are present.


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What exactly is a pap smear and what does it show?

What exactly is a pap smear and what does it show?

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.

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Pap smear (Tip)

Women over 21 should get a pap smear at least every 3 years. ...See more

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What is a pap smear?

Screen for cancer: Named for its discoverer george papanicolaou, cells from the cervix of the uterus are smeared onto a glass slide, stained, and examined under the microscope for cancer or precancer ("dysplasia"; "intraepithelial lesion"). This enables detection of the vast majority of cervical cancers -- once the greatest cancer killer of young women -- while still easy to cure.

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Can you tell me about being tested for on a pap smear?

Precancerous cells: The pap smear is a screen for pre-cancerous cells of the cervix most often related to hpv infection. Hpv is common and does not always cause a problem. The pap smear is perhaps the most effective cancer screen ever discovered!

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Pap smear (Tip)

To be sure of an accurate Pap smear result, avoid having intercourse for 48 hours before your test. ...See more

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What is the purpose of pap smear? Diagnose precancerous conditions?

Cervical cancer: The pap smear will screen for cervical cancer or pre cancerous conditions. Most pap smears can be combined with hpv testing which will improve the screening results.

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Do bilateral mammogram and pap smear. ...See more

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Is a pap smear safe during pregnancy?

Is a pap smear safe during pregnancy?

Yes: The pap smear takes superficial cells from the outside of the cervix and first part of the canal. Sometimes, for various reasons, the cervical canal may bleed after the test has been done, but this bleeding does not mean that the pregnancy is threatened and does not by any means necessarily mean that there is a problem with your cervix.

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Dr. Lonna Larsh Dr. Larsh
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Pap smear (Tip)

Most women only need to get pap smears every 3 years, not every year. ...See more

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What would be the benefits of a pap smear before you have sex?

Pap smear benefits: Geting a regular pap smear (once a year or every 2 years) is recommended for all sexually active women-- it can also show changes due to hpv infection (if present). Timing before intercourse should not effect results.

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Initial vagina itch, pee pain stopped. Pap smear -no fungal/ bacterial infection. Burning sensation at vulva persist for 10 days. Lower ab discomfort.?

Initial vagina itch, pee pain stopped. Pap smear -no fungal/ bacterial infection. Burning sensation at vulva persist for 10 days. Lower ab discomfort.?

Get another exam: You may only have a yeast infection on your vulva. To confirm your diagnosis, see your doctor again. Some tests are falsely negative.

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See your gynecologist or internist regularly for pap tests, mammograms, etc. ...See more

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Is the pap smear suppose to be painful?

No not ususally: It depends on who is doing it, how big your vagina is what size speculum is used what your pain threshold is, but it should only usually be not painful or only mildly uncomfortable, sometimes it is painful if you have a specific problems.

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Is it normal for my vagina to hurt after pap smear?

Is it normal for my vagina to hurt after pap smear?

No: Pap smear by itself should not cause pain in the vagina. You may wish to contact your doctor to get an evaluation.

Dr. Charlene Sojico Dr. Sojico
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Keep ur appointments w ur doctor. Don't forget ur mammograms, blood tests, pap smears, colonoscopies. ...See more

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What does missing component of cervix mean in pap smear result?

You mean missing end: Endo cervical componenet that means they were no endocervical cells seen I assume that is what u mean, when u do a pap u get cells form the outside of the cx. And up teh endo cx.

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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