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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
HI.. I'm new. I lost my virginity in January and have had some other stuff done to me. I'm not having regular sex but I have paranoia about having an STI or something; like, that could make me sterile later in life [agh.. chlamydia maybe it's called sorry can't remember]. Anyway, I've read in various places that you should make an appointment with a gynocologist when you become sexually active [or when you reach 18, which i havent yet.. 16] so - should i ?! There are a few things like contraceptives and controlling pms that i could use some advice on too from a profesional.. so yeah, basically- how do i go about making an appointment? Am i meant to just phone up my doctors or what? AGGHHH Im confused!
Cheerrs, freya xxx

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  • Girl-From-MarsGirl-From-Mars Posts: 2,822 Boards Guru
    yeah i kinda have similar questions actually.. ive been both on the pill and sexually active for about a year now near enough, and ive not had a physical examination or anything. i was 18 last november. am i supposed to have regular smear tests now? should i phone up my docs surgery to book one? i dont use condoms but both people i have slept with have been virgins so there isnt really a risk of STIs i guess... ive been wondering about the smear test thing for a while but never thought to post it.

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Just ring up the local surgery and book an appointment with your GP, you don't need to say why on the phone or anything, and then they can give you all the advice you need.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You don't nead to start having smears until you are over 20 even if you are sexually active. They are embarrasing and slightly uncomfortable but don't hurt. If you're worried about about having an STD you should go to the gyno and you will have to have a physical exam. They will take a swab from down there to check for anything, most can be cleared up with antibiotics.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I just read this on a health website -

    Who should have a Pap smear and how often?
    Every woman should have an annual Pap smear as part of a complete pelvic examination beginning when she becomes sexually active or reaches 18 years of age and continuing for the rest of her life.


    Just ring up the surgery & tell them you'd like a smear, you might be able to have it done by the practice nurse.

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Every woman should have a smear within one year of becoming sexually active regardless of how old you are or how often you have sex.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Actually they changed it to 20 y/o. You should have smears if your 20 + but if u want one b4 thats up to you i guess.

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Kat:
    Actually they changed it to 20 y/o. You should have smears if your 20 + but if u want one b4 thats up to you i guess.


    and of course, if you've started in a sexual relationship, whichever is the sooner. You can't be too careful with these medical ,matters

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I was told that u dont need to have smears b4 18 or 20 i forget which cos b4 then there are abnormalities which show up but they normally sort themselves out....

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My advice is do it when you're 18 even if they did change it. I had one and it's really not that bad, plus it makes sure everything's alright. It may be a bit embarrasing for you but the doctor does it all the time, just remember it's their job. and it's better to be safe than sorry.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    We have an article about smear tests here: http://www.thesite.org/health/your_body/having_a_smear_test.html

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