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Doctor insights on: Preparing For A Pap Smear

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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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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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Can a pap smear detect a pregnancy?

Can a pap smear detect a pregnancy?

Pap smear: No. Pap smear is a screening exam to detect early stage of cervical cancer. It will not tell if it is pregnant or not. ...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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Would a Pap smear, coloscopy, and biopsy of cervix cells detect a herpes infection?

Would a Pap smear, coloscopy, and biopsy of cervix cells detect a herpes infection?

Not necessarily: There is a blood test for herpes and if you wish to know if you have been infected with Herpes 1 and or 2, ask your doctor for the blood test. For good health- Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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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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Can a pap smear diagnose uterine cancer? Can uterine cancer show up on a pap smear test? .

Can a pap smear diagnose uterine cancer? Can uterine cancer show up on a pap smear test?

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Yes: Pap smear may pick up endometrial cancer, but it will miss more than it will pick up. Pap is far more useful for detecting cancer of the uterine cervix. ...Read more

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Is a Pap smear very painful for a Virgin?

Is a Pap smear very painful for a Virgin?

Shouldn't be. : Having your first pelvic exam is typically an anxiety provoking experience. An exam and Pap smear should not be painful. You do not need a Pap smear before the age of 21. Your doctor should take steps to make you as comfortable as possible and explain the process to you. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How is pap smear after leep completed?

Same: The pap is performed the same way as before the leep. ...Read more

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What is another check-up a woman should get every year beside a pap smear and mammogram?

What is another check-up a woman should get every year beside a pap smear and mammogram?

Pelvic exam: A woman over 35 needs a pelvic exam including a bimanual and rectovaginal examination yearly. Your pap smear, if normal, may not need to be yearly. ...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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Is WBC in a pap smear a bad sign?

Possible: Wbc's indicate an infection of some sort. It could be as simple as a yeast infection or as serious as an intrauterine infection or an std. ...Read more

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Will a yeast infection affect a pap smear reading?

Will a yeast infection affect a pap smear reading?

Sometimes it does: Vaginal yeast infections differ in severity, such as mild, moderate, etc..., and so they cause different amounts of inflammation on the surfaces of the cervix and vagina. Sometimes there is enough inflammation to make a pap smear harder to read. In those cases, after treating the yeast infection, a doctor may choose to repeat a pap smear at some time, depending on the cervical cancer risk factors. ...Read more

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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