I just visited Planned Parenthood for my first pap smear. I had done, really, just because I know teens (like myself) who become sexually active are at a higher risk for cervix cancer. The reports won't be ready for two weeks and I'm a little worried. Should I be? I have no reason to believe I'm anything other than okay down there, yet still my mind is set in "worst case sinaro" mode. How likely is cervixal cancer? Is there anything else aside from cervix cancer I should be worrying about? I know I'm STI free and I know I don't have a yeast or other vaginal infection (unless there is a symtom free yeast infection type thing I am unaware of... oh goodness is there?) but I don't know. I just can't help by being worried. Any advice? I have taken care of myself sexually but I'm still a bit scared.
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sexually active teens are at elevated risk of developing cervical cancer because they as a group tend to have multiple partners and unsafe practices. this leads to transmission of STDs, particularly HPV (genital warts). HPV is a leading cause of cervical cancer. HOWEVER, it is not the only cause of cervical cancer.
when you get a Pap smear, the test detects abnormal cell growth. the abnormal cell growth may or may not be cancerous, but if it's not, then it still stands a darn good chance of becoming cancerous in the future.
the Pap smeap is a very sensitive test, meaning it detects the slightest abnormalities, so it also has a tendency to catch a lot of false positives. So if something comes up funny, you need to bellowed up with subsequent tests. Nonetheless, ther still is a chance nothing is wrong at all.
anyway, don't stress over this too much. you've done the right thing, so good job! and good luck with the results.
so if i have not has any previous partners before my boyfriend and he has not had any previous partners before me, am i still at the same risk of cervical cancer as teens who have slept with mulitiple partners?
aww, thnks a lot, i'll be sure to check that out!
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