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Going to the Gynecologist

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Added August 01, 2013

Pap Smear Tests and Others

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What is a Pap Smear test?
The Pap Smear test is a screening test for cancer of the cervix and may also show evidence of vaginal infections such as yeast, Trichomonas, or viral infection. If your Pap Smear test shows inflammation, other tests may be used to diagnose the condition.


What's a gynecologist?
A gynecologist (guy-nuh-COLL-uh-jist) is a doctor who specializes in women's reproductive health. A gynecologist performs pelvic (also called gynecology) exams.


What is a speculum?
A speculum is an instrument that's inserted into the vagina and gently opens so that a doctor can check the vaginal lining and cervix, and take specimens for further tests.


What is a pelvic exam?
A pelvic exam, which also might be called a gynecology exam, is when a doctor (like a gynecologist) examines a girl/woman's external and some internal genital area and reproductive organs. The doctor uses a speculum for parts of the internal exam.

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Posted July 29, 2014
If your a virgin can you get a speculum inside you since you never been opened in your vagina ?
Posted July 15, 2013
You girls don't have to worry. When you're around 18, you'll get your first appointment. It's just to check and see if you're healthy, and you don't have cancers, or a disease. It's best for you!
Posted February 04, 2012
i have a HUGE issue about people sticking things inside me!!!!!!
Lexi June
Lexi June
Posted December 13, 2011
That's nasty! I will not let anyone but me or my bf up in there!!! X(
Posted October 09, 2011
I will NEVER EVER do that!I'ed rather be bald or get ten shots in my butt.
Posted October 28, 2011
@DreamCatcher1912, i tottaly agree!!
Posted June 27, 2011
i really like this article. i already knew that i want to be an ob/gyn before reading this. :)
Posted June 23, 2011
If you are not having problems you dont have to get a gyno until you are 18. Thank Goodness!!
Posted May 31, 2011
That sounds scary. I would feel very self-consious while some person was looking at me "down there" I'm 14... so does that mean my gyno appnt is coming up? O.O
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