The painful pap smear happened again. Not only was I not prepared for the pain, I couldn’t even feel the pain. My head was spinning and my stomach was cramping. I felt like I had been punched in the face. It was the worst experience of my life. I should never have been there. I went to see my doctor right away, and the next thing I knew I was at the hospital. That was last week. I was in the ER for four days.
I’m pretty sure the pap smear was for a rash that I had developed in a pregnancy three years ago. I’m very sorry that you had to go through all of this discomfort.
The pap smear is a common pap test that involves the application of a liquid to the skin, usually to measure the amount of cells in the cervix. It has been used since the 1960s and is most commonly done in the United States. Most women who go through this test do so because cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women, though it can occur at any age.
Most women don’t have to do the pap smear. Some women get a pap smear because they are at risk for cervical cancer (and a few doctors suggest that they should do the pap smear if they have the risk factor for it). Regardless of why we have pap smears, we should all do them. If we don’t, then we’re giving false positives. Pap smears are a good way to know if you have cervical cancer.
A cervical cancer test is a simple procedure and can be quite easy. The pap smear is an invasive procedure with pain and the possibility of needing anesthesia. It can cause some women to be less than eager about doing it. But if you want to prevent cervical cancer, do it. If you are at risk for cervical cancer, do it.
Pap smears are a very good way to check for cervical cancer. They also provide a good way to detect small cancers that would not be detected otherwise. Pap smears also provide a good way to spot HPV, a virus that many women do not want to catch. It is also a good way to detect HIV, a virus that some women have this virus.
It happens to many women, but often it is ignored. Sometimes, the doctor does not even mention it. I’m talking about pap smears. Some doctors may decide to test women for cervical cancer. They will do so with an initial smear. Many women will get a second smear, or a cytology. But many will not get any further care. Because the doctor does not want to put a woman at risk for cervical cancer.
We had one of these pap smears recently. There is a little girl in our office who was not getting any care for her cancer. We are not sure what we did. She was not diagnosed with cervical cancer, but we think she may have had it. Her doctor did not think there was anything we could do. We had a new doctor who was very interested in the fact that she had a pap smear and said that we could get a more thorough exam.
You know what they say: you don’t have to be a doctor to know what you’re doing. But the other part of that quote is not always followed by “but you can’t be a doctor and not know what you’re doing.” Sometimes it’s not always clear to the person doing the exam what is being done. For example, a pap smear is not something you just pop in for any reason.
Although I’m sure you can always Google that, I found that when the doctor was done, she said that she wasn’t even sure if you have to have a pap smear to get a pap smear, but it is pretty clear that you do. It’s an important part of the exam.