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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need more info: Depending on when your last pap was and if you ever have had any abnormal pap smears, you may need one. If they have all been normal (or negative) you only need it every 3-5 years depending on which version your doc sends. ...Read more
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
It depends: Need to know more about you--how many smears you have had when was the most recent were any abnormal most likely, this can be decided at the time of your postpartum visit (usually at 6 weeks aftyer delivery). ...Read more
Maybe: Dysplasia (precancerous changes in the cervix) is most often caused by hpv virus infection. Having sex with a man who carries hpv can cause this. Most women have been exposed to some type of hpv virus if they have ever been sexually active. In young women with mild dysplasia, their immune system usually fights off the hpv infection and their pap smear becomes normal within 2 years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask the doctor: Most professionals still recommend getting a Pap once a year; though there are now many who consider you can go 1, 2, or even 3 years in some circumstances. The pros and cons are too long for this format: see what your doctor recommends. ...Read more
I am 7 weeks pregnant and just found out that my pap smear came back with abnormal cells. Can I have a abortion before my biopsy or do I need to wait?
Wait: You need to wait until the results of the cervical biopsy results are completed and you will then know the extent of the problem. Often it is dysplasia(CIN) which is a "pre cancer" condition that can sometimes reverse itself without treatment in its earliest stages. Moreover, the abortion decision is premature if this is a desired pregnancy ...Read more
Depends on age: Your low risk but not without risk. For more: www.Peedoc.Com @thepeedoc. ...Read more
Depends: age, nl pap: According to the american college of ob/gyne, pap smears should begin at age 21, then every 2 yrs ages 21-29. Women 30 and older, if 3 normal yearly paps, can have pap every 3 years. Hiv+ women need pap twice in first year after diagnosis and then yearly.An abnormal result will change how often a pap is recommended. Notify doctor sooner if discharge, bleeding (esp after sex), or pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 23 years old and haven't had intercourse yet. Do I still need to see a gynecologist for an annual Pap smear?
Yes: The guidelines state that screening Pap smears should start at the age of 21. You can discuss with your gynecologist about whether you can wait. However, the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) can be transmitted with out penetration. Additionally, the annual exam is more than just a Pap; e.g., the vulvar exam is also looking for abnormalities that are not sexually related. ...Read more
Can you get a pap smear being a virgin? I have irregular periods and need to see a gyn. What should I do?
A doctor on here asked me why I had a Pap smear test done at 18... Aren't you supposed to have a Pap smear done once you're sexually active?
Recommendations: The recommendation guidelines were revised in 2006 to recommend initiation 3 years after the onset of sexual activity or age 21, whichever comes first. The former recommended age to start screening with pap smear was 18. This may be the cause for confusion. Thanks for following up and for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
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