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First Time For Everything: My Gynecologist Showed Me My Cervix

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I have a new gynecologist. Let’s call her Bev. She’s a mid-wife so she’s not actually a doctor, but I am already more impressed with her than any other lady doctor that I’ve ever had. That’s because while she was down there, collecting cell samples from my ladyflower, she offered to show me my cervix. And I was like, “Uh, okay. Why not?” No other doctor had ever offered and I had never asked, but in that moment, as Bev handed me the world’s longest armed mirror, I was like, Fuck yeah, I am about to meet my cervix for the very first time. Keep reading »

Another Reason To Get Tested For HPV

Testing for HPV can be twice as effective at protecting women from developing cervical abnormalities as smear testing, according to a study carried out by Hammersmith hospital. In addition to cytology (smear test), the 3,000 women who participated in the study were given an HPV test when they came in for a routine visit. The results showed that the risk of developing cervical abnormalities at 1, 5, and 9 years after a normal smear test was .33 percent, .83 percent, and 2.20 percent. After a negative HPV test, the risk was .19 percent, .42 percent, and 1.88 percent. Keep reading »

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