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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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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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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

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