We often hear about cervical cancer and we get a Pap smear regularly. Do you really know why you're getting it and what your cervix is?
My husband and I have been trying for a baby since I came off my period on the 18th of Feb 09.
Today I just went for my first ever smear test or pap test( I am 23 been married for almost 2 years no other sexual partners) The problem is I don't know if I am already pregnant, and If I am would the pap test I just had done jeopardize the potential of me being pregnant? Or does it cause no risk at all (My next period is march 11th 09)
My husband and I are trying to get pregnant and I noticed that I am scheduled for a physical and a pap smear during the time I am ovulating. Will having a pap smear during ovulation affect my chances of getting pregnant?
As a follow up, would it be "safe" to schedule a pap smear for a week following the last day of my ovulation?
Dear Ms Ultrasound,
Having routine pelvic exams are important for good reproductive health. A woman should have her first GYN exam when she is first thinking about becoming sexually active, or as soon as she becomes sexually active, or by the time she is eighteen.
Wondering what to expect at your preconception appointment? The following checks or tests may be made by your doctor before making the decision of pregnancy, in order to ensure you will have as trouble-free a term as possible and good health for the growing baby.
by Craig L. Bissinger, MD
How much do you know about the prevention of cervical cancer? Did you know, for example, that although it was once the number one killer of American women, it is now considered preventable by using a simple test? Of the 16,000 newly diagnosed cases and 4,800 women who will die of cervical cancer this year, almost all of them could have been prevented with a pap smear.
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness and a time to recognize that cervical cancer is one of the few preventable cancers, thanks to a highly effective screening test discovered by George Papanicolau, MD, in the 1950s.