I know most people get one every 2 years. My gp insists on yearly.
I read somewhere it shouldn't be done too often. Why?
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13-07-2012 19:43 #1
Pap smear? How often?
13-07-2012 19:50 #2
Because there is absolutely no benefit to having it done more often. Two years for most women is more than enough as any changes can be treated way before they turn into cancer.
If you have had an abnormal history you MAY be recommended to have yearly Paps until you have cleared the HPV virus that causes cervical cancer - but for the majority of women two years is plenty, there is no benefit having them more frequently.
They are actually looking at reviewing the recommended timeframe to possibly three or five years - but until they change the recommendation get a smear every two years. It can prevent 90% of cervical cancer.
13-07-2012 19:54 #3
I get mine done every 2 years (due this September!) I hate them hate hate hate them but my mum had cervical cancer so yeah.
13-07-2012 19:58 #4
Every 6 months for me. I have HPV and a bad pap smear history. My first pap smear at 17 came back CIN3, it was very scary at the time. Im actually a couple of months overdue....that reminds me!
13-07-2012 20:18 #5
Every 2yrs for me. Whilst not particularly pleasant, I don't find them as bad as others clearly do. It's over in a minute - I hate the dentist 100% more.
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13-07-2012 20:59 #8
Once you clear one sort of HPV there's nothing stopping you picking up another strain, there are hundreds.
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13-07-2012 21:03 #9
I never get them.
13-07-2012 21:10 #10
I have one every 18 months, I've had a CIN2 and surgery for it so I won't take the risk of leaving it again
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