I hate getting a Pap smear. It’s the worst thing ever. It is irrationally painful to me. I cry almost every time, because a.) I am a big weenie when it comes to discomfort, and b.) getting one’s cervix scraped with a glorified pipe cleaner is not exactly a walk in the park. Also, they are expensive. However, I also do not want cervical cancer. Which is why I’m excited that the United States Preventive Services Task Force have announced a new recommendation, which states that women may only need a pap every 3 years. Hooray! More
Topic: pap smears
No one likes getting a pap smear. But most of us have always been taught that it’s a yearly prerequisite to smart, preventative health. Lately, however, doctors have been questioning how much good the yearly pap really does.
Sorry! This poll is now closed.
January is National Cervical Cancer Screening Month. That’s something to celebrate, right? I speculum (I mean, speculate) that some of you have been putting off that annual exam for a while. But before you head over to your gyno and put your feet up (in stirrups), here’s a little primer/reminder on how and why getting into that unflattering annual position is so important.
Much to the chagrin of most women, the speculum instrument is likely to be stuck in a gynecological time warp for some time. However, the good ol’ pap smear technique sure has come a long way.
The odd and slightly gross name for this standard test comes from both Georgios Nicholas Papanikolaou – the Greek doctor who invented it in the late 1920s – and the test procedure: Back then the doc would take a swab and literally smear it on a slide to be looked at under a microscope. (Hey, didn’t we do that in high school chem class?) More
No Pap Smears for Women Under 21: New guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say that pap smears only reveal HPV at that age, which very rarely leads to cancer in women under 21. (via MSNBC)
How much do you really know about your health? You may think you know all the ins and outs of staying well, but our daily Health Smarts Quiz will test your knowledge on the spot. Answer our question, below, and … More