There are varying recommendations. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women get an annual physical exam. At a minimum, it is recommended that all women ages 21-65 obtain a pap smear every 3 years starting at age 21. Women younger than 21 do not need a pap smear.
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What is withdrawal bleeding?
Healthwise answeredWithdrawal bleeding is menstrual-like bleeding that occurs when a woman takes cycles of hormone therapy or birth control pills. Women take progestin for several weeks and then do not take progestin for several days; this drop in progestin triggers the bleeding. Withdrawal bleeding occurs during each cycle of hormone therapy about five days after progestin use ends. This is healthy for the uterine lining, which thickens with each hormone cycle, then sheds (sloughs off) in response to the drop in progestin. Withdrawal bleeding can happen when it is not expected. For example, it can come and go after stopping hormone therapy or while taking birth control pills. If withdrawal bleeding continues over a period of time, see your doctor.
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Should I see my doctor about a lump on my labia?
Mary Chappell, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answeredI usually recommend my patients come in so I can see the lump. You can explain it to me all day on the phone but I have to SEE it to diagnose it. And if I still don't know what it is, I will biopsy it for a diagnosis.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
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