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Whats A Pap Smear
Whats a way to break the awkwardness of getting s pap smear... should i try and make conversation or something with my doc?
PAP: PAP smears are not recommended till age 21 (even if sexually active)because pathologies resolve spontaneously in the young population, doing a PAP would lead to unnecessary procedures. Start by an appointment to discuss they type of screening needed at your age and if you have risk factors like DES baby. If a PAP is needed, there is a nurse in the room so you can talk to her about women's health. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A warning: Women with cells that have certain abnormal appearances are much more likely to develop cancer of the cervix or nearby structures. If the area with the cells can be found and removed before it turns cancerous, a life has likely been saved. Before pap smears, cancer of the cervix was a horribly common scourge of young women, as it still is in the poor nations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pap every 3 years: Maybe you're thinking about the hpv cervical dna test that's done the same time as your pap smear. If your hpv test is negative, your pap smears have been normal, and you don't have new partners, then your next pap smear is due in 3 years because you don't need to be screened for cervical cancer as often. It's not a substitute though. We just have better ways to screen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Majority of women who get cervical cancer have hpv infection, which is transmitted by sexual intercourse. However, a small percentage of women are not infected. Therefore, regardless of sexual orientation or whether a virgin or not, all women should get regular pap tests starting at age 21. Be smart and protect yourself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abnormal PAP: We do pap smears to screen for cervical cancer cells. The pap smear has helped us reduce cervical cancer to very small numbers. We think that cancer forms in stages over many years (about 10-15). The cells get progressively abnormal before they become cancerous and this is the opportunity that the pap smear gives us. Remove/kill the abnormal cells before cancer develops. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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