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I got garish shot back in 2009 but Dr is pretty sure I got an all warts, if .you pap smear comes back normal is it possible I don't?

I got garish shot back in 2009 but Dr is pretty sure I got an all warts, if .you pap smear comes back normal is it possible I don't?

HPV: Good for you. All humans should get the Gardisil vaccination. But the vaccine only prevents the four HPV strains that cause 95% of the cancers caused by HPV. There are other strains that you can still acquire. ...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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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 hurt?

Can a pap-smear hurt?

No it does not hurt: It may be unconfortable for some but is not painful. ...Read more

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Does a pap smear hurt?

Does a pap smear hurt?

No: A good pelvic examiner can perform a pap smear with little or no discomfort. ...Read more

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What can pap smear pick up?

Abnormalities: The pap can detect abnormal cervical cells, the presence of some types of infections and the presence of some std's. ...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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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. ...Read more

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How often is pap smear needed?

How often is pap smear needed?

Depends on patient.: For a woman between the ages of 30 and 65, if a baseline pap test is negative and the patient also has a negative hpv dna result (dual negative findings), then the next pap test can wait for 3 years. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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How long does a pap smear take?

<3 minutes: A pap smear is a gynecologic test used to screen women for cervical cancer. A doctor will visualize the cervix by inserting a speculum into the vagina, then will use a little brush to take a sampling of cells from in/around the cervix. The entire procedure only takes a couple of minutes. Results can sometimes take several weeks, however. ...Read more

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Will a pap smear make me loose?

Will make a woman...: A routine pap smear will make a woman less likely to get cervical disease such as cervical cancer. A pap smear will not make her loose, tight, nor anything else in that manner. ...Read more

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Should a virgin get a pap smear?

Depends on her age: Current guidelines recommend that women get their first pap at the age of 21, even if they are sexually active prior to that. Exceptions (where it should be obtained before 21) are if the female is HIV positive, or on chronic immunosuppressive therapy for systemic lupus erythematosus (sle, lupus) or after organ transplantation. ...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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What should I do before a pap smear?

See below: Please read the instructions for preparing for pap smear in the website given below. In brief: do not do the following for 24 hours before the test: douche (douching should never be done), have intercourse, take a bath (shower is okay), use tampons. Avoid scheduling your pap smear while you have your period. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003911.htm. ...Read more

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How long does a pap smear exam take?

How  long does a pap smear exam take?

2 minutes: A pap smear is a test used to screen women for cervical cancer. A practitioner will visualize the cervix by inserting a speculum into the vagina, then will use a little brush to take a sampling of cells from in/around the cervix. The entire procedure only takes about 2 minutes. Results can sometimes take several weeks, however. It is not painful, just a little crampy. ...Read more

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What does an inflamed pap smear mean?

Inflammatory cells: Iflamed pap smear most probably means smear reveals a lot of inflammatory cells - predominantly neutrophils. Inflammation may be seen in presence of fungal organisms and trichomanas vaginalis, or just be a sign of chronic or acute cervicitis without any microorganisms. Be well. Thank you for question. ...Read more

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How often should you get a pap smear?

How often should you get a pap smear?

Varies.: Talk with your doctor. The frequency of pap smears will depend on your age and medical history (history of abnormal pap, etc). Screening with a pap smear should begin at age 21. ...Read more

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How often should a Pap smear be done?

It depends on yr age: Your gynecologist can guide you better. Pap is advised once yearly for a few yours, then if it is normal the interval is lengthened to once every 3 years. ...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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When should I start getting a pap smear?

When should I start getting a pap smear?

Age 21: New recommendations are that women start pap tests at age 21 and they should continue every three years during your 20s as long as they are normal. Lots of research has been done on this topic. No pap test should be done prior to age 21 because of the high likelihood of spontaneous clearance of hpv in adolescents and to avoid unnecessary surgeries for transient cervical dysplasia in young women. ...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