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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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Should a virgin get a pap smear?

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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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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Do i need to get a pap smear if a virgin?

Do i need to get a pap smear if a virgin?

Age 21: The first pap should be done at age 21 regardless of whether someone is a virgin or not. You can get cervical cancer without ever having sex (it is very rare, but i've seen it). ...Read more

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Do I need to get a pap smear before I'm 21?

Do I need to get a pap smear before I'm 21?

If needed: Depending on age at which sexual activity began and whether partner was circumcised the potential for having early cervix cancer is strong. Removal of foreskin minimizes growth of HIV and HPV. In Africa the largest instances of mortality under 20 yrs. of age are in females dying of cervix cancer. An initial Pap can rule out early transformation of cervical cells. ...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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When is the first time a woman should get a pap smear?

When is the first time a woman should get a pap smear?

Age 21: Current recommendations from the american college of obstetrics and gynecology is for women to have their initial annual exam and pap smear at the age of 21. They should then have an annual exam every year, however repeat pap smears may be spaced from 1 to 3 years apart - depending on the result of the first pap smear., . ...Read more

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How often does a woman in her 50s need to get a pap smear?

Depends on your : Status. If you have had normal paps, are hpv negative you could wait up to five years between tests. See this site for more info and discuss the issue with your doctor for a more specific recommendation. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pap-smear/my00090. ...Read more

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I'm still a virgin 21 i was wondering should I get a pap smear?

Guidelines: There are various guidelines that recommend that pap smears begin after first intercourse or age 21, whichever comes first. I've never understood what kind of sense this makes. If a pap smear can be obtained easily and without discomfort or injury, then there's no harm. Your physician's your best guide. ...Read more

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What do you think I should expect when going to get a pap smear?

Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hvhqp_hqic it is a quick painless procedure. Keep your appointment and follow your doctor's instructions. ...Read more

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If iam a virgin do I still need to get a pap smear? I'm very nervous

If iam a virgin do I still need to get a pap smear? I'm very nervous

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 more

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I am afraid to get oneand if you do have to get a pap smear, how often do you have to. ?

I am afraid to get oneand if you do have to get a pap smear, how often do you have to. ?

You need a pap: If you are 45 years old, and have ever been sexually active, then you need a pap smear. Cervical cancer is perhaps the most preventable cancer and the pap smear is a huge success in this regard. Find an ob/gyn to discuss your concerns! ...Read more

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How often should a healthy, early 20s woman get a pap smear (assuming she's already had one and it came back normal)?

How often should a healthy, early 20s woman get a pap smear (assuming she's already had one and it came back normal)?

It depends.: Doctors generally recommend repeating Pap testing every 3 years for women ages 21-65. If you have risk factors such as weak immune system, HIV, exposure to DES before birth , your doctor may recommend more frequent Pap smears, regardless of your age. I hope this helps. I hope this helps. If you still have questions make a Virtual Appointment to contact with me at www.healthtap.com/dryetimyan ...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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Should i get pap smear before 21 years old?

Current : Acog guidelines state 21 even if sexually active prior to age 21. So no before 21. ...Read more

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Do women under age 21 need to get a pap smear?

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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How long does it takes to get Pap smear results !

Local question: This international web application is not in any way connected to your doctor or lab. This question is for your family clinic to answer. ...Read more

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How bad does it hurt to get a pap smear with speculum?

How bad does it hurt to get a pap smear with speculum?

Should not hurt : Pap smears are a proven way to reduce the chances of developing cervical cancer by early detection. Although vaginal pressure may be felt, it should not cause pain. If painful, the usual cause is vaginal tightening around the speculum. Try to keep the vaginal area tense-free for a "painless" pap. ...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