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What is a pap smear?

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. ...Read more

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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


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How important is pap smear?

Could be very.: The pap smear is a way to find cervical cancer before it becomes serious. Cervical cancer is a sexually transmitted disease and young women are at highest risk of the disease. If you have had abnormal paps, infection with the hpv virus or multiple sex partners you may be at risk for cervical cancer and should have discussion about appropriate screening with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it to get a pap smear imporant?

Life saving for some: The current recommendations can vary depending on age, 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 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. ...Read more

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Is there a way for your pap smear not to hurt?

Yes: Pap smear is uncomfortable because it is not in a very comfortable area. However, there are definitely ways to decrease the discomfort. The pain is caused by the speculum and pressure from the stretching as it opens the area for a pap smear to be done. If the speculum is properly warmed and not too large and if more time is given to slowly open the speculum, the discomfort is less. ...Read more

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What are pap smear callbacks and how are they triggered?

Abnormal or insuff?: The most common reason for a patient to be called back is that the pap is abnormal or atypical. In this case either a colposcopy may be done or the pap may be repeated a few months later to see if it is still abnormal. Another reason to be called back is that there were insufficient cells in the sample and another one needs to be sent. ...Read more

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What is an abnormal pap smear?

Needs follow-up: There are various grades of abnormalities on pap smear. Generally an abnormal smear means that some of the cells are at risk of becoming cancerous. It is important to follow-up an abnormal pap smear with repeat testing and/or additional tests, such as colposcopy and/or biopsy. ...Read more

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Can pap smear affect mucus from pill?

Can pap smear affect mucus from pill?

No: Obviously if a pap smear is done too aggressively, it could cause temporary changes, perhaps a bit of blood, in cervical mucus. However, there is no intrinsic reason for a change in mucus from a pap smear. ...Read more

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What could an abnormal pap smear mean?

PAP smear: Definition of abnormal pap smear is too broad. It depends on the type of the abnormality detected. In any case any abnormal pap smear should be taken seriously and the obgyn should be contacted immediately. ...Read more

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