Pap smear question

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Giraffes:  Where I live, pap smears are generally done only by gynecologists. So I’ve never had one done by my regular doctor, since she is not a gynecologist.

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Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Tomato22:  I live in Canada and I’ve never heard of a GP doing a pap smear or any exam of the reproductive system. They always refer you to a gynecologist, since a GP is not trained in that specialty. Maybe this is only an Ontario thing.

Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I go to an OBGYN who does them. I think that’s what most people in the US do. But I want to say that in Canda it’s the GP. Maybe someone from there will clarify for sure.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

OB/gyn! <br />I’ve never heard of anyone going to a general practitoner for them.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

From Canada, it’s just my regular family doctor (male) with a nurse present.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

They’re generally done by gynecologists, but it’s not unheard of for internists to do it. That said, if you’re getting your pap done by your internist in lieu of seeing a gyno, you need to make sure your internist is doing ALL of the recommended women’s health maintenance for your age group and risk factors (depending on you, could be BC, breast exams, STI screening, mammo, bimanual pelvic exams etc). If you’re seeing a gynecologist for any of the other things, you might as well be getting your paps from them too, since if anything were to be abnormal, you’d be managed by the gynecologist. There is definitely no value in getting a pap from your internist and then having to have another pelvic by the gynecologist.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Always my obgyn. They just do the,mduring my yearly exam which, at least in my are of the U.S., is not usually done by a general practitioner. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I always go to my OBGYN, I wasn’t aware that GPs performed PAPs.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Christmas Tree Farm

I go to a GYN. I used to have a PCP who did them for me, but I now have a male PCP and I prefer having a female doctor for that area of my body. It’s just more comfortable for me.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mine are done by an OB/GYN, unless there’s an issue that i go to my main doctor for (yeast infection, etc).

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I go to my gyn. My pcp does them and I really like him, but having a specialist has come in handy several times.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Always my gyn.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My regular doctor (internal medicine) will do them, and offered. I didn’t need one until this year (young and not sexually active until the wedding), and I preferred to see an obgyn just because I also wanted an IUD. worked out perfect. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

From MA and I go to my primary care provider. Unless you have a history of any GYN problems, your PCP is fine!

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