New Guidelines for Paps, Every 3-5 years

Community Leader
Registered: 10-08-2002
New Guidelines for Paps, Every 3-5 years
Sun, 03-18-2012 - 11:17pm

The annual Pap smear may soon be a thing of the past, since new guidelines issued Wednesday say that most women need the cervical-cancer screening only once every three years.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-30-2006
Sun, 08-12-2012 - 11:34pm
I hope that doctors disregard this new change. I just got my first PAP done this past June, which was long overdue, and the results came back HGSIL, the biopsies came back CIN3 with endocercival gland involvement along with a positive ECC for CIN3. I got my results 6 days after the biopsies were taken and the Dr pushed for a LEEP quickly and moved things around so I could have it done under general this Wednesday. I can't even imagine what would have happened if I'd waited 3+ more yrs... So scary.

I know that the LEEP will hopefully get it all but when my OBGYN said "We need to rule out invasion" it really threw me for a loop. I'm 26 and scared...*sighs*

I wish Drs knew more about HPV.

Thanks for the article.
Community Leader
Registered: 10-08-2002
Wed, 08-15-2012 - 1:29pm
I also have mixed feelings about it. I think for those who are very low risk, I can see waiting a couple years. I don't see most young women in that category though!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-30-2006
Fri, 08-17-2012 - 12:08am
No statistics about HPV make it sound like an epidemic. Seems tons of people I know have it. Knowing I have a high risk strain makes it worse. :smileysad:

LEEP was yesterday. Fever today and plenty of pain. Here's to hoping there was no invasive cancer and that they got it all and it never comes back although from what I've read reoccurring dysplasia doesn't seem that uncommon at all.