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Overdue pap - terrified

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Offline priyaji

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Overdue pap - terrified
« on: June 16, 2014, 06:36:26 PM »
Due to HA I haven't been to the doctor in almost 6 years.  I made the leap to make an appointment and am now terrified I have cervical cancer (b/c I haven't had a pap in 6 years).  I can't focus on anything.  All I can think about is how stupid I am for delaying and the possibility that my child will be left motherless.  Why did I wait so long?
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Offline jessicap0326

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Re: Overdue pap - terrified
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2014, 07:58:22 PM »
Please don't worry.  It was a really bad idea to wait this long but everything will be ok.  Do you have any symptoms of this?
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Offline leah2013

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Re: Overdue pap - terrified
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2014, 08:37:47 PM »
I have never had a bad pap... even if you haven't gone in 6 years it doesn't mean you will have something. I am glad you decided to get your annual check up! Good luck and please keep us posted! chances are you are ok!!  :action-smiley-065:
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Going thru a rough patch! Praying for peace of mind and happiness!!!!

Offline PsalmSeven

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Re: Overdue pap - terrified
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2014, 08:43:25 PM »
I just got my first one in 9 years today. Doc assures me I'm fine, and I'm sure you're fine too. :)
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Offline lilyofthevalley

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Re: Overdue pap - terrified
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2014, 09:06:24 PM »
How old are you? Have you ever had an abnormal pap? If you have had multiple normal paps in your life and you have always tested negative for HPV, then at a certain point they tell you that you can wait 5 years in between pap smears (you still do the annual checkup, but no actual pap test). I just had my actual pap smear since my five years was almost up, and now they just told me the test was fine and can go another five years.

Don't stress too much. Should you have an annual check up? Yes. But are you probably just fine? Yes.
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Offline PantsyAntsy

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Re: Overdue pap - terrified
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2014, 09:16:52 PM »
my doc also recommends 5 years between paps if you've never tested pos, for HPV. you aren't that overdue, so breathe!!!
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Offline priyaji

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Re: Overdue pap - terrified
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2014, 05:47:43 PM »
Thanks.  I am really really scared.  I don't know if I have been tested for HPV.  I have never had an abnormal pap but I know that paps aren't that accurate and am scared my last one was a false negative. 
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Offline mollyfin

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Re: Overdue pap - terrified
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2014, 01:56:26 AM »
Odds are good that you'll be fine.  Make the appointment, get the test so you can stop worrying (and because it IS an important test to keep up with), but I've gone several years between paps, including being almost a year late for my latest one.  I've had an abnormal pap and had HPV.  So far I haven't had any problems as a result, except for the resulting anxiety!
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