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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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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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When should you get my next pap smear after having a baby?

When should you get my next pap smear after having a baby?

Depends: You would be ready of the next pap about three months after the delivery. However when you get the test depends on your earlier results and your hpv status. If you are not sure, see your doctor about a year following your last pap. ...Read more

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Help please! when should I get a pap smear?

Help please! when should I get a pap smear?

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

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What should I do before a pap smear?

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 soon after having a baby do I need a pap smear?

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

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Should I get a pap test when I have my first period?

Should I get a pap test when I have my first period?

No: There is a little bit of variation in new recommendations, but there is no need to get a pap with your first period. It is a good idea to get a check up with your doctor to talk about female health and get a personalized recommendation for future planning. ...Read more

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If I have sex before a pap smear test, will I get dysplasia?

If I have sex before a pap smear test, will I get dysplasia?

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 more

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What happens if you get pap smear and you just started your period?

Not ideal: Ideally, pap tests should be done while a woman is not on her period as blood can interfere with the reading especially if you are bleeding heavily. With that said, a little blood is usually fine and usually will not affect the results. ...Read more

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I go for annual visit tomorrow. Should I have a pap smear again? It's been almost a yr.

I go for annual visit tomorrow. Should I have a pap smear again? It's been almost a yr.

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

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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?

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

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Do I still need a pap test if I got the HPV vaccine and am a virgin?

Do I still need a pap test if I got the HPV vaccine and am a virgin?

Depends on age: Your low risk but not without risk. For more: www.Peedoc.Com @thepeedoc. ...Read more

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How often should I get a pap smear test?

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 more

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I am 23 years old and haven't had intercourse yet. Do I still need to see a gynecologist for an annual Pap smear?

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

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When do I need to have pap smear if im in birthcontrol pills?

When do I need to have pap smear if im in birthcontrol pills?

Once per year: And you should have a breast exam and routine std cultures with teh pap as long as the pap is normal, if the pap is abnormal then you will need paps more often. ...Read more

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After a pap smear while pregnant when is it safe to have sex?

After a pap smear while pregnant when is it safe to have sex?

If you are pregnant: Having sex will not make you pregnant again. However, being pregnant will not protect you from getting a sexually transmitted disease. Unless your obstetrician tells you otherwise, it is normally safe (from an injury standpoint) to have sex when pregnant. ...Read more

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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?

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

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