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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?

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

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