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FAQ

  • Do I need a mammogram?

    The American Cancer Society recommends all women age 40 and over get annual mammograms. If you have a family history of breast cancer (even if you are younger than 40), you should discuss possible mammograms and other breast cancer screening tools with your healthcare provider.
  • What is HPV?

    Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is an infection passed from one person to another through sexual contact. There are over 70 strains of HPC. Some strains cause external warts, some cause precancerous or cancerous cervical changes, and some do nothing at all. Patients with abnormal pap smears can now have HPV testing to give the patient and healthcare provider more information and aid in planning care and treatment.
  • Who needs a pap smear?

    1. Women age 21 or older 2. Women younger than age 18 if sexually active 3. Women who have had a hysterectomy or gone through menopause, depending on their individual past histories.
  • Should I have a checkup before I attempt to get pregnant?

    It’s always a good idea to plan ahead before attempting to pregnancy. You should make an appointment with your healthcare provider to have an exam and to make sure you are on schedule with your annual pap smear. Preconceptual counseling with your healthcare provider can also include assessment of individual risk factors including medication use, maternal age and chronic health problems (such as high blood pressure and diabetes). You may also be offered preconceptual labs such as STD screening, labs to check for varicella (chickenpox) and measles immunity, or genetic testing for cystic fibrosis and/or sickle cell anemia. You also start a prenatal vitamin with folic acid before attempting conception.
  • Can I take medicine if I am pregnant?

    A pregnant woman should not take medications before checking with her healthcare provider. Certain medications can be dangerous to an unborn child or pregnant woman. It is better to try other remedies first (for example, resting in a dark, quiet room to alleviate a headache, or sipping clear liquids to combat nausea). Some medications such as Tylenol, Maalox or Mylanta are considered okay for use in pregnancy. However, it is strongly recommended that you check with your healthcare provider before taking any medication during pregnancy.
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