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What is done during a routin pap smear? This will be my 1st time
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Dr. Glenn Skow
Family Medicine
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In brief: Don't worry
You will be asked to undress and placed into a gown.
They will have you lay on the exam table and place your legs in sturips. The doctor will sit between your legs and use a speculum, a device to help view your cervix, and insert it into the vagina. Although uncomfortable, hopefully not by much and brief. Once the cervix is seen, a sample is taken with a small brush.

In brief: Don't worry
You will be asked to undress and placed into a gown.
They will have you lay on the exam table and place your legs in sturips. The doctor will sit between your legs and use a speculum, a device to help view your cervix, and insert it into the vagina. Although uncomfortable, hopefully not by much and brief. Once the cervix is seen, a sample is taken with a small brush.
Dr. Glenn Skow
Dr. Glenn Skow
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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
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In brief: Limited by space. .
You will lie down and place your feet in footrests ("stirrups"), and positioned by the doc/assistant.
A speculum will be placed to open the vagina and reveal the cervix inside. The doc then collects a sample from the cervix by gently brushing, which can be a bit crampy. Finally, speculum is removed and using hands, the ovaries and cervix are felt. They should talk you through it.

In brief: Limited by space. .
You will lie down and place your feet in footrests ("stirrups"), and positioned by the doc/assistant.
A speculum will be placed to open the vagina and reveal the cervix inside. The doc then collects a sample from the cervix by gently brushing, which can be a bit crampy. Finally, speculum is removed and using hands, the ovaries and cervix are felt. They should talk you through it.
Dr. Timothy Ashley
Dr. Timothy Ashley
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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Lots more detail on web; http://cancer.about.com/od/screeninganddiagnosis/a/firstpapsmear.htm has a pretty good, detailed description.
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