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What is the difference between a papanicolaou test and a pelvic exam?

What is the difference between a papanicolaou test and a pelvic exam?

Great question: The papanicolaou test is a specific test that requires the visualization of the cervix. Cells from the cervix are sampled and screened for cancer potential. While a pelvic exam may include the pap test, the exam itself does not require a pap test. A pelvic includes looking at the genitals inside the vagina and out, as well as feeling the internal organs including uterus and ovaries. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a papanicolaou test and a pelvic exam?

Great question: The papanicolaou test is a specific test that requires the visualization of the cervix. Cells from the cervix are sampled and screened for cancer potential. While a pelvic exam may include the pap test, the exam itself does not require a pap test. A pelvic includes looking at the genitals inside the vagina and out, as well as feeling the internal organs including uterus and ovaries. ...Read more

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What is the difference between papanicolaou and pelvic test?

What is the difference between papanicolaou and pelvic test?

More info needed: Papanicolaou test is usually called a pap test or pap smear. The test is named for the physician to developed the stain used to see the cells from the cervix. We use the pap smear to screen for cervical cancer because we can see abnormal cells that may become cancer in the future, thus allowing treatment to prevent cancer. "pelvic test" is not a common term, so I am not sure what you refer to.Best. ...Read more

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Do all women need pap tests?

Do all women need pap tests?

If you have a cervix: A pap test looks for cervical cancer. If you had a full hysterectomy, it means you don't have a cervix and therefore can't get cervical cancer and you don't need a pap test. If you have a cervix, you need a pap. ...Read more

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Do all women need pap tests annually?

Do all women need pap tests annually?

Can do every 3 years: At least once a yaer for every year starting at age 20 or when you start sexual activity is the standard recommendation. It you get two consecutive negative annual pap smears, then you can repeat the test every three years. ...Read more

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Who should get pap tests and how often?

Who should get pap tests and how often?

Women: Women 21 - 30 ned a pap test yearly. Over 30, you need them every 3 years as long as you have had 3 normal pap smears in 3 years. If not, you need them yearly for 3 years then every 3 years once they are normal. ...Read more

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Who all does not need regular pap tests?

W/2 consec neg Paps: At least once a yaer for every year starting at age 20 or when you start sexual activity is the standard recommendation. It you get two consecutive negative annual pap smears, then you can repeat the test every three years. ...Read more

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Are pap tests recommended for a woman over 65 yrs of age?

Not usually: Most women can safely stop getting pap smears at age 65 if they have had normal screening the previous 20 years and have no risk factors for elevated risk. ...Read more

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Does hvp show in a pap as a stranded part of the test and how long would take before it would show?

Does hvp show in a pap as a stranded part of the test and how long would take before it would show?

HPV: Hpv is found in the cells inside and cannot be detected by the looks of a pap smear. The incubation period is not known as it can cleared by one's immune system at some point and be reinfected again with it. ...Read more

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What is the pap test?

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What is a pap test?

Check for cancer.: A pap smear is a test that is used to screen women for cervical cancer. First, the doc will ask you to undress from the waist down and lie on the table with your feet propped up. The doc will then insert a speculum into the vagina, which opens up so the cervix can be visualized. Next, the doc uses a brush to take a small sample of the cells lining the cervix, and the procedure is done. ...Read more

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How long does the pap test take?

How long does the pap test take?

Pap itself==<1 min: Obtaining the actual pap smear itself is brief. Prior to getting it the patient must get [comfortably] positioned in stirrups and the physician must insert and open a speculum in the vagina. Additional specimens for sexually transmitted infections are usually obtained. The exam also involves looking at the tissues of the cervix and vagina out to vulva. The speculum is removed for bimanual exam. ...Read more

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Is an abnormal pap test serious?

Is an abnormal pap test serious?

Yes indeed: Before pap smears, about 30, 000 women in the us died of cancer of the cervix each year. If you do not want to be one of them (and it is a gruesome way to die), get appropriate follow-up. ...Read more

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Should have pap test every years?

Nope!: We've learned a huge amount about cervical cancer in the past 20 years. For low risk women (no history of abnormals), a pap smear every 3 years between age 21 and 30 is plenty. After 30, we test every 5 years along with a test for the hpv virus that causes almost all cervical cancers. This is great news! ...Read more

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What is the pap test testing for?

What is the pap test testing for?

Pap test: Is done to look for changes in the cells of the cervix to diagnose cervical dysplasia or cancer. ...Read more

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How long does pap test takes about?

One minute: A pap test is done as part of a routine gynecologic exam. The exam takes longer, but once the doctor is doing a vaginal exam the pap portion takes less than a minute, which involves just a gentle scraping of the inside of the cervix. It can sometimes take a few days to get the results however because it needs to be sent to a pathologist, who will read it and then report back. ...Read more

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How is a pap test done? What steps?

How is a pap test done? What steps?

Pelvic exam: A pap is one part of a routine pelvic exam and testing. You will be undressed from the waist down and laying on a table with your bottom on the edge and your legs positioned in "stirrups." the doctor examines the area, inserts a speculum gently and collects the pap with a swab that touches your cervix. It may be awkward but is not painful and is important to prevent cervical cancer. ...Read more

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How often should you get a pap test?

New guidelines: If you have had 3 consecutive negative pap smears then once every 3 years is now recommended. In women over age 60 to 65 pap smears can be stopped unless still sexually active or a previous pap smear was abnormal. Pap smears can also detect the hpv virus with some types being a forerunner to cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Why do I need a pap test every year?

Early detection: It depends on your history and risk factors, but generally paps are recommended every year for surveillance of any changes in cervical cells that can slowly progress to cancer if your body isn't taking taking of them adequately. There are some changes in recommendations recently. Ask your doctor if you are able to be screened less frequently. ...Read more

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What do abnormal pap test results mean?

It depends.: A pap smear is a test used to screen for cervical cancer, where a doc takes a sample of cells from the cervix. There is a wide range of abnormal results. Some pap tests come back showing you have a virus called hpv which is extremely common in sexually active women. Pap smears can also show that the cells of the cervix themselves are abnormal, showing pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. ...Read more

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