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Would it be okay to have an alcoholic drink before a pap smear?

Would it be okay to have an alcoholic drink before a pap smear?

Yes: If by one drink you mean a standard drink (5 oz. 12% wine, 1 1/2 oz of 40% liquor or 12 oz. Of 5% beer) it should cause no problems. However, having the odor of alcohol on your breath at your doctor's appointment might get noticed. If you are anxious about the exam or any discomfort, discuss that with your doctor. A low dose of a tranquillizer like ativan, (lorazepam) often given by dentists, may help(0.5mg). ...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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My 47 y/o moms pap smear showed cell changes. She smokes, drinks, has bn on the pill fr 15yrs & her mom had cervical cancer. Should I be worried? :-(

My 47 y/o moms pap smear showed cell changes. She smokes, drinks, has bn on the pill fr 15yrs & her mom had cervical cancer. Should I be worried? :-(

No: Your risk for cervical cancer is not increased based on family history. Unlike cancers of the breast, ovary, and bowel which have some genetic predispositions - cervical cancer is not hereditary. Cervical cancer risk is related to history of std's (particularly hpv), numerous sexual partners, and to some extent tobacco abuse. ...Read more

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Could fingering (finger sex) the day before a pap smear cause false negative results? I.E. Cause it to show normal when actually abnormal

Could fingering (finger sex) the day before a pap smear cause false negative results? I.E. Cause it to show normal when actually abnormal

No effect on test: The pap smear takes cell samples from your cervix, which is the bottom part of the uterus. Any debris in the vagina is separate from the inner canal of the cervix. If you still have concerns, please speak honestly with the gynecologist / primary care doctor performing this exam. He /she will work to answer questions and give you great healthcare. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have sexual intercourse the night before a pap smear test?

Is it okay to have sexual intercourse the night before a pap smear test?

No: A pap smear is a sample of the cells from the cervix and is used to screen for cervical cancer. It is best not to have intercourse the night before your exam because semen and other fluids may cause an abnormal test result resulting in unnecessary anxiety and further testing. Ideally, paps should be performed mid-cycle and avoid having anything in the vagina for 1-2 days prior to the exam. ...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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For what length of time can you have HPV before a pap smear detects it?

Oh, yes: Hpv is common. In several studies of college-age women, 20% were hpv positive at the beginning of the study and another 40% became positive in the next few years. That said, most hpv infections have no symptoms and most will go away by themselves. Hpv is associated with significant pap changes when it persists for >2 years. ...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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I'm 21 years old and never had a pap smear, is that okay?

Yes: You should begin having a pap smear at age 21 so you are fine. Probably time to schedule an appointment. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have sex if you have an abnormal pap smear?

Yes: An abn pap can mean many things. With testing, your dr should be able to quickly tell you whether anything further needs to be done, such as a biopsy or colposcopy (looking at the cervix using a magnifying scope). You won't give your partner cancer. However, keep in mind that cervical cancer (one reason for an abn pap) is caused by the hpv virus, which is contagious and can also cause warts. ...Read more

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Will a pap smear make me loose?

Will make a woman...: A routine pap smear will make a woman less likely to get cervical disease such as cervical cancer. A pap smear will not make her loose, tight, nor anything else in that manner. ...Read more

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What does an inflamed pap smear mean?

Inflammatory cells: Iflamed pap smear most probably means smear reveals a lot of inflammatory cells - predominantly neutrophils. Inflammation may be seen in presence of fungal organisms and trichomanas vaginalis, or just be a sign of chronic or acute cervicitis without any microorganisms. Be well. Thank you for question. ...Read more

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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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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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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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If you are a virgin do you still need a pap smear?

Yes if is recommende: If you are virgin and never had sexual intercourse you have a very low risk of getting cervical cancer which is caused by hpv virus which you aquire by having sex.But there is still alittle chance depending on family history and smoking. But it is recommended that all women irrespective of bring virgin or not have a pap smear by age of 21, and three years after being sexually active and annually. ...Read more

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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