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When you first start taking the Depo-Provera shot, is a pap smear required?

When you first start taking the Depo-Provera shot, is a pap smear required?

Pap smear: It is not required, but if you are not up to date on your pap smear, it should be done. It is required to make sure you are not pregnant. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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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I have no STIs, a clear pap smear, no birth control. I have been getting brown painful periods that last 2 wks my 1 and only Depo-Provera was 15 months ago?

I have no STIs, a clear pap smear, no birth control. I have been getting brown painful periods that last 2 wks my 1 and only Depo-Provera was 15 months ago?

Anovulatory bleeding: Pregnancy is always on the list of possibilities when a woman has abnormal uterine bleeding or cycles. You may be having anovulatory cycles (cycle without producing an egg from the ovary). If a urine pregnancy test is negative, I would recommend evaluation by your gynecologist, and treatment will depend on the cause of the abnormal bleeding and your current short-term pregnancy goals. ...Read more

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Is it ok to start using depo before a pelvic exam or Pap smear? And what should one do to prevent bone loss on depo?

Is it ok to start using depo before a pelvic exam or Pap smear? And what should one do to prevent bone loss on depo?

Yes: Yes. Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) will not affect your pelvic exam or Pap smear. Bone density that is lost while taking Depo is likely to be recovered naturally once Depo is stopped. Your risk of fracture as you age will be similar to that of someone who never took Depo. That said, you can help prevent bone loss by exercising and getting adequate calcium. ...Read more

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Are you supposed to bleed during a first pap smear?

Are you supposed to bleed during a first pap smear?

No: But it is not uncommon to have some bleeding. There is a graeter chance if you are virginal or nevere had a pap or pelvic exam before. ...Read more

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The first time I go to the gynecologist will I get a pap smear?

The first time I go to the gynecologist will I get a pap smear?

Likely: If you have had sex, you should get a pap smear. You should discuss the issue with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why a pap smear is performed on your first trimester exam?

To make sure it is n: Normal because if it is not, and if it is highly abnormal u may need a leep cone while pregnant which is high risk and u would want to do that early and if ithe pap is not that bad you would just need a colposcopy and no further treatment except u need closer monitoring lke another pap at 3-6 months and a pap at your 6 weeks check instread of a yr from your 1st trimester pap if it is normal. ...Read more

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One pap smear said it was BV then another months later said it was trich. Could he of just been wrong the first time?

One pap smear said it was BV then another months later said it was trich. Could he of just been wrong the first time?

Paps & infection Dx.: Pap smears are very helpful in providing a preliminary identification of a potential vaginal infection. However, it is often necessary to do further testing like a wet prep (smear) to view the offending organism under the microscope to provide a conclusive diagnosis. In your case, you could also have acquired the trichomonas infection separately after the first was properly treated. See a GYN MD ...Read more

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I have the 3 gardisil shots. In December went to get Pap smear. Was abnormal and tested hpv positive? Why do I have hpv if I have the shots?

I have the 3 gardisil shots. In December went to get Pap smear. Was abnormal and tested hpv positive? Why do I have hpv if I have the shots?

Likely had it: At a listed age of 25, there are several possibilities. The greatest benefit of the vaccine occurs if given before any sexual activity starts. In the pre-vaccine era, up to 70% of women tested positive in their early 20's. There are also other HPV strains not in the previous vaccines (2 or 4 strain).A new 9 strain vaccine may be available in the near future. You can be asymptomatic with HPV for yrs ...Read more

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How do you know when to have a first pap smear?

How do you know when to have a first pap smear?

Within three years: Of first sexual encounter.
A woman should get her first pap within three years of starting sexual activity. For more information consult the site below.

http://www2c.cdc. Gov/podcasts/player. Asp? F=9246. ...Read more

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I was 21 and a virgin when I got my first pap smear. Am I still a Virgin after taking the pap smear?

I was 21 and a virgin when I got my first pap smear. Am I still a Virgin after taking the pap smear?

Yes: You are a virgin until you have intercourse with a partner. Using a tampon or inserting a finger, does not change that. ...Read more

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I just had a Pap smear and afterwards felt like I was going to pass out and got nausous. Not my first pap, why did this happen?

I just had a Pap smear and afterwards felt like I was going to pass out and got nausous. Not my first pap, why did this happen?

Hypotension: When you have a procedure like this, an automatic message goes into the brain. The brain processes this message to decide whether some form of adjustment is necessary. This is how we adapt to any form of stress. Because the processing by your brain was abnormal, your adaptive adjustment was also abnormal. The easiest way to do this is by poor diet, particularly the intake of sugar and sweeteners. ...Read more

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I have infertility issues is it possible my first pap smear can help that?

Good GYN exam helps: A good GYN MD examination along with the pap smear can help to identify any obvious impediments to conception. ...Read more

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I had my first abnormal pap smear. Why are the doctors telling me to return in a year?

I had my first abnormal pap smear. Why are the doctors telling me to return in a year?

Depends...: Most doctors order pap smear and hpv test at the same time. Hpv is the virus that we now know causes cervical cancer. Depending on the results of the pap smear and hpv test combined, the doctor formulates how they want patients to follow up. Abnormal pap smear with the diagnosis of ascus and hpv negative has a about a 1% risk of progressing to a high grade dysplasia or cancer within one year. ...Read more

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After I got a pap smear done I've been bleeding, not spotting, but bleeding. Is that normal? This is the first time it happens. What can the problem be

After I got a pap smear done I've been bleeding, not spotting, but bleeding. Is that normal? This is the first time it happens. What can the problem be

It happens: When a pap smear is done the top layer of cells are sort of scraped off. For some this can cause some bleeding. Hopefully you were tested for infection at the same time as your pap. Infection can make bleeding more common. This usually stops in a day or two. If not the schedule a follow up visit. ...Read more

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When I had abnormal cells from my first pap smear after my first child was born the doctor had to freeze them and remove them. Can they still come back?

When I had abnormal cells from my first pap smear after my first child was born the doctor had to freeze them and remove them. Can they still come back?

Precancerous cells: There are a few common anatomic areas for precancerous (atypical) cells to grow in the body and just because you've recognized and treated some atypical cells once, doesn't mean you are immune to getting them again. ...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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I'm 22 and I have to go for my first pap smear! What should I expect?

I'm 22 and I have to go for my first pap smear! What should I expect?

Easy exam: The doctor will talk to you first. Then the examination will consist of checking your thyroid in your neck, your heart, lungs, brady (by feeling), abdomen and then the pelvic exam. That consist of examining the skin around your genitals then applying a small speculum (the size of a tampon-or smaller if needed) into the vagina to see the cervix and brush it to do pap. ...Read more

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Pap smear guidelines - when should your first one be, and then how often?

Pap smear guidelines - when should your first one be, and then how often?

Recent changes: A woman should have her first pap test at age 21, and every 3 years after that. Beginning at age 30, screening for hpv is added to the pap test. ...Read more

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I got garish shot back in 2009 but Dr is pretty sure I got an all warts, if. You pap smear comes back normal is it possible I don't?

HPV: Good for you. All humans should get the Gardisil vaccination. But the vaccine only prevents the four HPV strains that cause 95% of the cancers caused by HPV. There are other strains that you can still acquire. ...Read more

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I need to make a appt for my first pap smear what do I say when I call but would also like to discuss symptoms I am having do I ask them then?

Make appointment for: Establishing care. Please call the doctor of your choice, it would be better to start with a primary care provider, and state that you wish to establish care with the doctor, and have a general check-up. When you see the doctor, mention all the concerns you have. It would be better to write down all your concerns and questions and give it to your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be nervous to have a pap smear done for the first time? I'm a virgin and someone told me that during the exam it can break your hymen?

No need to get a pap: If u r 17 and a virgin there is no reason for u to get a pap done. U have wait until u r 21. Also if u r a virgin, u just need to let the dr know so they can use a smaller speculum. As for the nervousness, all women r nervous about it. It might be necessary but it is by no means natural ...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


Dr. Cynthia Palabrica
935 Doctors shared insights

Depo Provera (Definition)

Depo-Provera is a progestin-based agent which is a kind of women's ...Read more