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What Is A Pap Smear?

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Hi,

I was wondering what a Pap smear is. I have no knowledge of what it might be.

 

Kimberly

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Dear Kimberly,

The Pap smear or Pap test is a little test that may be the most important development in women's health. It's a screening test for cancer of the cervix, and since its introduction there has been a dramatic decline in deaths from the disease.

 

In addition to detecting cancer and precancerous conditions such as Human Papilloma Virus or HPV, the Pap test may also show evidence of other vaginal infections, such as yeast, or Trichomonas.

 

The test is done by taking a scraping of the cells on the cervix and upper vaginal area. It is not painful, and takes about 510 seconds to do.

 

Good luck,

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Swimer11
Swimer11
Posted January 21, 2013
OOOOKKKK. My friend's like "ewww. gross!"
onedirection<3Harry<3
onedirection<3Harry<3
Posted August 20, 2012
i really don't want a pap smear
hammy11
hammy11
Posted May 24, 2012
I was thinking of having a pap test some time next week but my doctor quit and I don't have a doctor now I don't think so sucks for me :s
katyperryfan12301
katyperryfan12301
Posted May 05, 2012
then im SOOOO not looking forward to a pap smear when i start my period
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