One Thing Every Woman Should Know  

rm_MariGrrl 39F
2485 posts
7/28/2006 11:13 am

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One Thing Every Woman Should Know

Nowdays you would think that women are more in tune with their bodies than ever. But, somehow many of our most important messages seem to go unheard.

I was amazed recently to learn how many of my friends skip out on their annual paps. Even worse, many of the women I know who are sexually active are not regularily screen for STDs. These are risks no woman can afford to take.

I am a complete doctorphobe. I dread going to the doctor's office. But, I still go in every year for my annual exam and am tested on a regular basis for STDs.

I did something really dumb, though, after my annual exam last year. I received a call from my doctor that there were some mild abnormalities with my PAP and so I should undergo a colposcopy and biopsy to test for cervical cancer. I had a lot of personal drama going on at the time and then my minivan was totalled in a car accident. So, my appointment was canceled with the intention of rescheduling in the future. Well, I got side tracked and never rescheduled the appointment.

So, I have another routine PAP done for my first prenatal check-up and the results came back as moderate to severe precancerous cells. Needless to say this wake-up call was enough for me and I am going in next week to have the colposcopy and biopsy done. This is a routine procedure and most likely they will be able to remove all the precancerous cells and I'll be fine.

My point is... if I had just blown this off totally, my doc says that there is a strong chance I would have developed cervical cancer.

Ladies, if you haven't had a PAP yet this year, please do yourself a life saving favor and schedule one right away. If you don't have insurance there are community service agencies such as walk in clinics or family planning centers that can help you.

Cervical Cancer is a silent killer. It can rob you of the ability to ever bear children and even worse, it can take your life. Just a couple visits to your doctor for routine procedures can save you and your loved ones a world of heartache.

Okay, sorry, lecture over now.

sexyariesgirl 57F

7/28/2006 4:25 pm

(slowly raises hand) Ummmm....I've been guilty in the past of this very thing....but no more! I'm being a good little girl and trotting off to the doc every year like I'm sposed to these days! Thanks for the reminder though...we women are terrible about taking care of everyone else and letting our own health issues go unresolved.

Power To FOK

rm_MariGrrl replies on 8/2/2006 7:25 am:
Once again, you are so right. Many of us work so hard looking out for others and shuttling them to the docs that we neglect ourselves. The thing is that this is such a simple, common procedure. But, if it gets blown off it can have serious consequences down the road.

maverick1255 51M
3953 posts
7/28/2006 10:00 pm

YES, all women should be checked regularly!!! With the spread of the human papilloma virus (HPV) - this is getting very serious. This virus is very commonly spread, but not checked for.

Just my two cents. I know, I am just a guy.

rm_MariGrrl replies on 8/2/2006 7:26 am:
Your two cents are always welcome, Mav

BikerDude1200 60M

7/28/2006 10:15 pm

HPV is one of a myriad of STD's. It amazes me how long HPV has been a serious threat to the health of women (and wonder what long term riks men face, such as possible cause of prostate cancer). Ask your physicians for the Aptima GC/Chlamydia urine testing product. First voided urine sample in conjunction with the current line of DNA based tests make collection for these types of tests a bit less embarassing and assists the patients in being a bit more compliant. The mechanism for testing has improved significantly over the past few years with many pap collection kit manufacturers having their products FDA approved so HPV testing can be done directly from the Thin Prep and other liguid pap collection system containers.

And speaking of paps, do not continue to allow your physicians to perform the old swab and streak a slide method of pap smear. These smears are very difficult for the techs and pathologists to read because of the masses of multilayered areas in the sample. Demand a thin prep or other liquid based collection system. This product gives the individual reading your slide a much clearer, monolayer of cells to view. It also removes most of thr mucus and other nastiness that has prevented adequate pap interpretations for years. For the cost of a latte or two, you will get the lexus of pap smears!!

BikerDude1200 60M

7/28/2006 10:31 pm

HPV..human papilloma virus has been in the medical literature for years as a causative agent of cervical cancer. Early detection and classification can go a long way in preventing the cancer from becoming a full blown life threatening illness. My concern is they can do the pap to detect it in women but there is no test to detect its prescence in prostatic tissue. I figure if that bug loves cervical cells it must absolutely be in heaven snuggled smugly in a prostate wreaking havoc with the prostatic tissue and doing its best to avoid the inevitable massage of the physicians probing finger.

One nice thing about the progression of technology is the ability to now do the HPV testing directly from the sample container used for the PAP. Thin Prep and other liquid based pap manufacturers have come a long way in the past 5-10 years. If your physician collects your cervical samples and sends them to the testing facility in this liquid media, the vial can be shipped immediately for HPV testing once it is determined that your PAP is abnormal. Do not allow the continued use of the old swab and smear technique for paps. This outdated technology is cheap, inexpensive and does not provide the best for you ladies. The clumps of cells, mucus and other clitty litter render the samples useless at times and marginal at best. The liquid based systems allow for a clean monolayer of cells for review by the cellular technologist and the pathologist and have the added benefit of being used for further testing should the pap be abnormal.

It is a little more costly, but I have to say the health of you ladies is worth a latte or two!

Oh, and a company called GenProbe has developed a first voided urine test for GC and Chlamydia. They have provided DNA probe technology for years to detect these two irritating organisms. The next generation of their product line is called the Aptima GC/Chlamydia product and is going a long way in helping women become compliant with their testing needs. The old cervical sample is still the gold standard, but for those that are a tad shy, and really want to watch their health, this test will help!

rm_MariGrrl replies on 8/2/2006 7:27 am:
Wow, Biker! Totally floored and for once nothing to add!

You really know your shit.

loadeddice05 44M

7/29/2006 7:42 am

SO??? I should see a doctor about the burning sensation???? when I pee!!!!

rm_MariGrrl replies on 8/2/2006 7:28 am:
Ummmm, yeah... I'm thinkin' so

loadeddice05 44M

7/29/2006 2:57 pm

    Quoting maverick1255:
    YES, all women should be checked regularly!!! With the spread of the human papilloma virus (HPV) - this is getting very serious. This virus is very commonly spread, but not checked for.

    Just my two cents. I know, I am just a guy.
LOL!! Just a Guy?????? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blueguy1051 60M

7/29/2006 8:43 pm

My lady had the same finding three years ago. Had the colposcopy (not fun, but fairly quick recovery). Everything has been normal since. There are worse things than doctors ...

Good luck.

rm_MariGrrl replies on 8/2/2006 7:30 am:

concupiscentKid 40M

8/1/2006 1:46 pm

Good advice!
You said what needed to be said.

rm_MariGrrl replies on 8/2/2006 7:34 am:
Thank you

shylena256 42F
1967 posts
8/3/2006 3:37 am

Cancer is serious.
But curable.
If caught on time.
Do check don't ignore and please do get a second opinion.
A second opinion saved my life.

rm_MariGrrl replies on 8/3/2006 6:31 am:
Thank you for the tips. Yes this is a very serious disease. But, as you pointed out a lot can be done if caught early enough (usually).

1000ft_above 45M

8/5/2006 2:49 pm

Some very sound advice. You are so kindhearted. Instead of coming in here and venting, you give advise to other women about how serious HPV can get if left untreated or gone undetected. Stay sweet and remember that we are here if you need us.

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