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What happens during an appointment for a pap smear?

What happens during an appointment for a pap smear?

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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Colposcopy (Definition)

It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which ...Read more


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Is it standard for an ObGyn to take a cell phone picture during a Pap smear to show a woman a stress based irritation, especially without consent?

Is it standard for an ObGyn to take a cell phone picture during a Pap smear to show a woman a stress based irritation, especially without consent?

Pics w'out consent: It is not ethical for any doctor to take any pictures of any part of your body or share any part of your case history or physical examination or blood test results with anyone, without your consent. thanks ...Read more

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Is vaginal cancer diagnosticated only with a normal visit or needs a colposcopy? Thanks

Is vaginal cancer diagnosticated only with a normal visit or needs a colposcopy? Thanks

Yes a normal Gynecol: A pelvic exam by your doctor can reveal the tumors. You do not need to have a colposcopy which is mainly done for early detection of the cancer of the cervix. ...Read more

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Is a biopsy a mandatory procedure before removing fibroids?

Is a biopsy a mandatory procedure before removing fibroids?

No.: I routinely treat patient's fibroids using uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) without a biopsy. I do require an MRI to evaluate the fibroid, the rest of the uterus, and the blood supply to make sure that ufe is going to be safe and effective. ...Read more

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Is a pap smear a good tool for general cancer detection or is it only specific to cervical cancer?

Usually, yes: A cervical cytology (pap smear) is scraped along the cervix usually, but can also be scraped along the vaginal wall. Squamous lesions (dysplasia or carcinoma) are the most commonly found. However, endometrial tumors are shed through the cervix into the vagina. Certain sarcomas (rhabdomyosarcoma: malignant skeletal muscle tumor) can also be found. Generally, a pap is an excellent screening tool. ...Read more

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What popsicles are good for a liquid diet while preparing for a colonoscopy?

What popsicles are good for a liquid diet while preparing for a colonoscopy?

Lime popsicles: Colonoscopy prep can be tolerated when lime popsicles are added to your clear liquid, non red food list. Get the low calorie type. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for a full genital exam for a male when getting a STD check-up?

What is the procedure for a full genital exam for a male when getting a STD check-up?

Quick and painless: The genital exam typically would take a minute or less: visual inspection of the penis and surrounding areas, retracting the foreskin, "milking" the penis for discharge, feeling the groin for abnormal lymph nodes, and feeling the scrotum and testicles to check for lumps, tenderness, etc. Other procedures might be done if any of that is abnormal, e.g. swab specimen from urethra or skin lesions. ...Read more

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How often should one get a pap test done after a leep procedure?

How often should one get a pap test done after a leep procedure?

3 moth then every--: We will consider that the leep was for cis/cin2/3 with negative margin. This suggests that you have predisposition for higher grade lesion (due to hr hpv). So you will need close follow up defined by your doctor. Usually first pap iafter 3 months and then every 6 months may be ok till consistently negative to be converted to regular pattern. ...Read more

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How should I prepare for a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy?

How should I prepare for a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy?

You : Should discuss preparation and any question you have with your GI doctor, who will give you specific instructions of his preferences. Each endoscopist has their favorite set of instructions and preps the prefer to use. ...Read more

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How long is it for a checkup after a cone biopsy?

How long is it for a checkup after a cone biopsy?

3 weeks: Most doctors have patients come in 3 weeks after the procedure for an exam to be sure the cervix has completely healed and intercourse or tampon use can be resumed. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for getting a pap smear for birth control when somebody is a virgin?

Probably not needed: Virgins usually don't require a pap smear as the majority of cases of cervical cancer are caused by hpv which is sexually transmitted. You can discuss this further with the doctor precribing your birth control (and ask about the hpv vaccine). ...Read more

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For what reasons might the uterus prepare for a pregnancy every single month?

For what reasons might the uterus prepare for a pregnancy every single month?

Survival of Species: (perhaps). This consistency would allow for the uterus to be ready a number of times throughout the year for pregnancy. ...Read more

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How is a mammogram done for a woman with breast implants?

How is a mammogram done for a woman with breast implants?

Same: Mammograms are performed the same for women with or without breast implants. However, breast implants may require additional views and/or MRI of the breasts for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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When does a woman need a colposcopy and biopsy?

When does a woman need a colposcopy and biopsy?

Abnormal pap smear: Whenever certain abnormalities are noted on pap smears, a colposcopy and biopsy is indicated. This study allows for a better view of the uterine cervix and determination of the reason for the abnormal smear. ...Read more

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Scheduled for a leep conization tomrrow morning, what to expect?

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Scheduled for a leep conization tomrrow morning, what to expect?

Not to worry: Crampy pain during procedure if you're not under anesthesia, some bleeding after, like a period. Your doctor should also provide instructions and information in the post procedure paperwork. ...Read more

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Is there a child's size speculum for pap smears?

Is there a child's size speculum for pap smears?

Odd question: There is a small sized speculum designed for visualizing the cervix on virginal patients. Pap smears are not usually collected on patients unless they are sexually active, which would not require the small speculum. ...Read more

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Is there a need for pap smears if supracervical hysterectomy done?

Is there a need for pap smears if supracervical hysterectomy done?

Yes since cervix: If you have a cervix then there is risk of cervical cancer. While this risk declines with age there are new recommendations for how often you should have a pap, and for women over 30 an additional test on same sample for hi risk hpv (human papillomavirus) that causes most cervical cancers. Here's link: http://www.Womenshealthfremont.Com/newsdesk/news/longer-intervals-recommended-for-pap-smears. ...Read more

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Cost of colposcopy?

Cost of colposcopy?

Ask your doc: Or planned parenthood clinic, the price can really vary depending on who does it and what state and there will also be a charge from the patholgy lab. ...Read more

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What is a colposcopy like?

What is a colposcopy like?

Preventing Cancer: It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which is uncomfortable, but lasts ...Read more

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What all can a colposcopy show?

Preventing Cancer: It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which is uncomfortable, but lasts ...Read more

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What is involved with a colposcopy?

What is involved with a colposcopy?

Pelvic exam: It is the same basic set up as a pap smear but your doctor will look at your cervix with a microscope instead of the naked eye. They will use a couple of different dyes to bring out the cells of the cervix and take a small biopsy of any area looking abnormal. ...Read more

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How much does a colposcopy usually hurt?

How much does a colposcopy usually hurt?

Not too much: Well just looking at the cervix is not much worse than a routine exam. Biopsies certainly add some brief pain. Most patients tell me it was uncomfortable but not too bad. The discomforting parts probably add up to less than a minute of actually performing the biopsies. ...Read more

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How often do people wake up during colposcopy?

Always: Colposcopy is an exam to evaluate an abnormal pap smear. It is done in the office setting and the patient is always awake. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: colposcopy?

Colposcopy: It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which is uncomfortable, but lasts ...Read more

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How much time did it take for your colposcopy results?

Up to a week: If a biopsy is taken, it will have to go to the Pathology lab for processing and interpretation by the Pathologist. Depending upon the lab, this could a few days or even a week ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a colposcopy and does it hurt?

Could you explain what is a colposcopy and does it hurt?

Not very painful: It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which is uncomfortable, but lasts ...Read more

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I've got to have a colposcopy soon. How long does it take?

Usually quick: It depends, but usually it takes about 10 minutes. Sometimes faster, sometimes a bit longer. ...Read more

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How much does a colposcopy usually cost if you are not insured?

Varies: It depends on the place of course and what kind of testing becomes needed (specifically biopsies). An average might be $500. ...Read more

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How much time is it before you can excercise after a colposcopy?

Immediately: After a colposcopy you can exercise immediately, unless the colposcopy was performed in the context of a connotation of the cervix, in which case you will want to wait at least 2 weeks, and only after a doctor has given you clearance. ...Read more

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Are there any negative side affects, long term or short, to a colposcopy?

Very safe: Colposcopy is simply shining some light and placing some vinegar on the cervix to look for abnormal cells. Some women need a biopsy. These are very small excisions of tissue. A short term side effect would be spotting or bleeding. The biopsies are small and don't affect future fertility. The cervix heals quickly and in a few months one couldn't tell you had a biopsy, if you need one. ...Read more

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How long is recovery time following a colposcopy and when can I return to work full time?

Immediately: A colposcopy is usually done in the office. Its purpose is to look closely at the cervix for abnormal cells. If any abnormalities are seen, a biopsy can be done to rule out precancer or cancer. It's a very quick procedure and shouldn't keep you away from work. If a biopsy is done, spotting is expected for a day or so. This should not prevent you from working either. ...Read more

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Can I Masturbate After A Colposcopy?

Depends: You can stimulate your clitoris but I would recommend waiting 3-5 days before having any toys inserted in the vagina to prevent it from touching the cervix that would be healing after the biopsy ...Read more

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Does either a colposcopy or biopsy hurt?

A little: Colposcopy may cause a little discomfort associated with insertion of a speculum. Biopsy may be associated with some pain depending on your sensitivity. Please discuss your concerns with the doctor who will be performing the procedure so that s/he may take proper steps to reduce discomfort. ...Read more

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Is it okay to masturbate after a colposcopy?

Yes: This won't slow or otherwise interfere with healing. ...Read more

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Can a colposcopy have caused me to miscarry?

Can a colposcopy have caused me to miscarry?

Unlikely: We perform colposcopies in pregnancy and even in early pregnancy, a colposcopy should not cause a miscarriage unless an endocervical scraping was done aggressively. This would be unusual and not usually done with known pregnancies. So, if not pregnant at the time, the answer is no; and if pregnant at the time, it's unlikely to cause pregnancy loss. I'm sorry for your miscarriage. Take care. ...Read more

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When does a woman need a colposcopy and biopsy?

Abnormal pap smear: Whenever certain abnormalities are noted on pap smears, a colposcopy and biopsy is indicated. This study allows for a better view of the uterine cervix and determination of the reason for the abnormal smear. ...Read more