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Destinee Carols
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I took a look at some of the articles on this site about gynecologist visits and pap smears and what they are... Well, I was wondering - my situation is this:

I went to a walk-in about a month ago to get birth control and I was given a sample pack to see how it worked with me. The doctor told me to come back before the pack was completed for...assessment? A pap test? The problem is I was generally nervous about the whole trip [Razz] that I don't remember what it was I was supposed to go back for. I do know that this form of BC is working out for me (no adverse effects I can tell, that is) and I do need a prescription...but, now that I am sexually active, do I need to be going in for a pap test already? I know it's a good thing, but...my parents don't know I'm sexually active and so I'm finding rides from my roommate or boyfriend if possible, but between classes and their availability and just having time in general, I'm not sure...how long does a pelvic exam (?) take, and is a pap smear necessary right now? I've been sexually active for almost three weeks now, I think, three or four times. I'm not particularly concerned about STIs since we use condoms and we're both each other's first sexual partners.

Thanks! [Smile]

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Heather
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Why don't you just call that doctor and ask what they want you to come back in for?

Paps are currently recommended to begin no later than when someone has been sexually active (not just intercourse) for three years, and/or when someone is 21, whichever comes first. But some practices have starting paps and pelvic exams (which is separate from a pap in terms of what it's for) on a different schedule in terms of their own guidelines.

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Destinee Carols
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>.> Sadly their website isn't very extensive so I don't remember the doctor's name - could recognize her from a picture but there are none by the names on the site - and I called, but they've modified their menu to such that I'm either speaking to make an appointment or to speak to the manager, which isn't so much what I'm going for...

It being walk-in, I was planning on going Wednesday, to at least get a prescription, since their FAQ says an appointment is required for a pap test and I'd like not to take chances with having to cancel and pay a fee... [Frown]

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