(Closed) Possible TMI: How old were you when you first had a PAP test?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: How old were you when you had your first PAP test?
    15 or younger : (23 votes)
    11 %
    16 : (34 votes)
    16 %
    17 : (18 votes)
    8 %
    18 : (37 votes)
    17 %
    19 : (25 votes)
    12 %
    20 : (19 votes)
    9 %
    21 : (18 votes)
    8 %
    22 : (11 votes)
    5 %
    23 : (6 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    602 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I go every year like clockwork and have since I first became sexually active. But like you, I know someone who had cervical cancer so I fully understand the importance of a pap.

     

    Post # 4
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    2512 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    To be honest I actually don’t remember. I want to say it was before age 19? But really really cant remember.

    But I second that ladies need to go out and get it done! When I was 20 I had one come back with abnormal cells and had to get a leep done. I was terrified but thankful that I caught it early!

    Post # 5
    Member
    5096 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I don’t know anyone who’s had cervical cancer, but nonetheless I started going when I was 15 or 16 (don’t remember which).  It was around the time when I first became sexually active. I continue to go regularly.

    Post # 6
    Member
    4355 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I was on the older side.. I was 23, so just last year for me. I KNOW it’s terrible. I was scared shitless. Now looking back I know I was being stupid because it’s no big deal, but not knowing anything about it can make you very nervous. They should definitely focus more on that in sex ed when we’re younger.

    Post # 7
    Member
    87 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I wish woman would stay on top of getting them done!!!

    Post # 8
    Member
    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I have gotten them routinely, once a year, since I was 16 and started going on birth control. It’s made a world of difference, since I had abnomal results and had to go get a biopsy. Everything came back normal, but now I go every 6 months for the next 2 years.

    Post # 9
    Member
    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    There were new guidelines published last year about routine PAP smears (so for the general population; they might be different for individual women, such as if there is a history of cervical cancer or abnormal cells).

    • Women from ages 21 to 30 be screened every two years instead of annually, using either the standard Pap or liquid-based cytology.
    • Women age 30 and older who have had three consecutive negative cervical cytology test results may be screened once every three years with either the Pap or liquid-based cytology.
    • Women with certain risk factors may need more frequent screening, including those who have HIV, are immunosuppressed, were exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) in utero, and have been treated for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) 2, CIN 3, or cervical cancer.

    http://www.acog.org/acog_districts/dist_notice.cfm?recno=13&bulletin=3161

    Post # 11
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    769 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    i think i got my first when i was 16ish because i started BC for my bad acne. even though i wasn’t having intercourse until i was in my mid-20s, i still got them once a year. i go to the doctor once a year, so they always do it and i’ve never thought twice about it.

    if you haven’t had one, what’s the hold up? why the fear?

    Post # 13
    Member
    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @west.coast.blonde: My understanding is that many doctors still want to do an annual exam, but the PAP smear isn’t required every year.  However, I know that when I talked to my doctor, they said that since they are doing the physical exam, the might as well do the pap smear.

    Post # 14
    Member
    838 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Not had one yet and Im 22! In the UK,the NHS does not provide these tests to women under 25. I know 3 women all under the age of 25 who have died from cervical cancer and this is something which is constantly being campaigned against but to no avail so far…..

    Post # 15
    Member
    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I was 16!

    Post # 16
    Member
    2512 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @BirdofaFeather: I will just touch on that little. I got my first pap that said I had abnormal cells. In my brain, the first thing I thought was “cancer” I was like OH SHIT!

    So I went in for a scoposcopy (honestly don’t even know how to say it or spell it). It again said I had abnormal cells and that I had to get another one in 3 months. Well I didn’t go for over a year because I was afraid they would say it was cancer.

    So for me, I was actually really really afraid to hear bad news. I know it is pretty stupid when I think back at it now.

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