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

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Dr. Renee Harris
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Renee Harris
Dr. Renee Harris
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Dr. Scott Beard
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Varies

You will get a pap smear done.
Hopefully the doc will explain beforehand what will happen and show you the speculum since its your first exam . If not i'd leave. To many docs are rude about a first pap exam.

In brief: Varies

You will get a pap smear done.
Hopefully the doc will explain beforehand what will happen and show you the speculum since its your first exam . If not i'd leave. To many docs are rude about a first pap exam.
Dr. Scott Beard
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Dr. Kevin Olson
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Professional exam

A medical instrument will be used to open the vagina, the cervix will be seen , cotton swab , soft fine brush and cervical "spatula" will be used to gently obtain samples.
An internal exam of your ovaries will be done. Nothing painful. Relaxation helps. Very important information will be obtained. More emotional thn painful, but a valuable test.

In brief: Professional exam

A medical instrument will be used to open the vagina, the cervix will be seen , cotton swab , soft fine brush and cervical "spatula" will be used to gently obtain samples.
An internal exam of your ovaries will be done. Nothing painful. Relaxation helps. Very important information will be obtained. More emotional thn painful, but a valuable test.
Dr. Kevin Olson
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