Q: When should I bring my teenage daughter in for her first gynecological exam? A: A teenage girl should visit a gynecologist between ages 13 and 15, according to the current recommendation by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. A Pap smear and a visit to the gynecologist are not synonymous — something only some of my patients seem to understand!
Michael S. Policar stressed. Recognition of these early cytologic abnormalities on Pap testing could easily lead to unnecessary intervention and consequent risks, said Dr.
Don't perform Pap smears on women under the age of 21 or women who have had a hysterectomy for non-cancer disease. In a report, the U. Abnormal test results can lead to more frequent testing and invasive diagnostic procedures, such as colposcopy and cervical biopsy.
Knowing the possible reasons for abnormal results will help. A Pap test is usually done at age 21 unless you have special risks such as immune problems or HIV. As part of your pelvic examyour provider will take a thin plastic wand and a tiny brush and gently wipe away some of the cells from your cervix. A few girls may feel a little cramping as their cervix is gently brushed.
A Pap smear or Pap test is a medical test that helps doctors figure out if there are any problems with a girl's cervix the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. The importance of the Pap smear is in the early detection, before there are any symptoms. Finding abnormal cells early can lead to treatment that prevents the development of cancer, and detecting cancer cells early enough can lead to greater chance of a cure.
As girls grow into teensit's important that they get the right health care. Doctors recommend yearly checkups that focus on the female reproductive systemstarting between the ages of 13 and Often called well-woman visitsthey can catch small issues before they become big ones.
Should this be done by a pediatrician or another provider? ANSWER: Pelvic exams and Pap smears are not necessary in healthy, adolescent girls who are not sexually active and who do not have gynecologic symptoms or other concerns. The recommended age for young women who have not previously needed a Pap smear to begin having the test is
July 22, — Most women should wait until age 21 to have their first Pap test unless they have compromised immune systems, according to updated guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsReuters reports. Women younger than age 21 with compromised immune systems -- because of HIV, long-term steroid use or organ transplants -- should start screenings before The new ACOG guidelines address exceptions to Pap screening before age 21 in adolescents and reinforce ACOG guidelines issued in November recommending that women younger than 30 years have a Pap test every two years instead of an annual exam. The November guidelines altered prior recommendations that called for annual Pap tests starting three years after a woman becomes sexually active or by age
By Bill Piersol Thursday, February 14, Regular screenings play a vital role in helping women prevent cervical cancerwhich used to be one of the most common causes of death for women in the United States. However, many women may wonder which tests they need and how often to get them.
But some experts are concerned that rates of sexually transmitted diseases or unplanned pregnancies could increase without the Pap test to prompt a doctor's visit. As it stands, as many as one in four U. In the past, women were told to start Pap tests, which can detect abnormal cells in the cervix, three years after becoming sexually active or at age 21 -- whichever came first.