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Decoding a Common Abnormal Pap Smear Test Result
An ASCUS Pap smear is a common result to the Pap test. Explore what an ASCUS Pap means and how it relates to cervical cancer.
What Do Genital Warts Look Like?
What do genital warts look like? See what genital warts look like in these genital wart photos.
Know the Signs of Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer rarely has symptoms in the earlier stages. As the disease progresses, cervical cancer symptoms begin to appear. Explore the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer.
Learn the Signs and Symptoms of HPV
Learn about the most common HPV symptoms, and what to look for when HPV doesn't produce any symptoms.
How Much Does a Pap Smear Cost Without Insurance?
For some women without health insurance, it may seem difficult to get a Pap smear because of the cost. Learn how much a Pap smear costs without insurance, and options if you do not have insurance.
How to Get a Free or Low Cost Pap Smear
A Pap smear is a vital test for optimum health care. For some women, the Pap smear is added expense that cannot be afforded. Financial difficulties and lack of insurance are often the reason why women don't have regular Pap smears. Here are some resources on how to get a free or low cost Pap smear.
Genital Warts 101
Learn more about the strain of HPV known to cause genital warts in men and women. What genital warts look like and how they are diagnosed is discussed.
Understanding Cervical Cancer Symptoms and...
Abnormal vaginal bleeding a common symptom to many types of conditions and diseases. Could it be a symptom of cervical cancer?
Why You Shouldn't Get a Pap Smear on Your Period
Can you get a pap smear if you are on your period? Find out more in this FAQ about having a Pap smear while menstruating.
What You Need to Know About HPV
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a strong risk factor for cervical cancer. Check out what HPV is, how you get it, and how HPV is treated.
Understanding Cervical Cancer Symptoms
Pelvic pain in women can indicate many ailments, cancer included. Learn more about pelvic pain, and when you should report it to the doctor.
What Is the Cervical Os?
Definition of cervical os, an anatomical medical term.
What to Expect at Your Pap Smear
A Pap smear is a screening test used to detect precancerous cells and cervical cancer in women. Learn what to expect during a Pap smear.
The Best Time to Schedule Your Pap Smear
Did you know that there is an ideal time in a woman's cycle to have a Pap smear? Discover the best time schedule to Pap smear.
Your Guide to an LGSIL Pap Smear Result
Read more about LGSIL Pap smear results, an abnormal type of Pap smear result.
Cervical Cancer Stages
There are five stages in cervical cancer. Each stage represents progression of the disease. Learn more about the stages of cervical cancer in this in-depth explanation of cervical cancer stages.
The 6 Biggest Pap Smear Mistakes
Certain things can interfere with how accurate the results of your Pap smear may be. Get wise to common mistakes women make when it comes to Pap smears so you can ensure the best results.
How Often Do You Need a Pap Smear?
Cervical cancer screening guidelines vary from woman to woman. Learn when to have your first Pap smear and how often screening should occur thereafter.
Your Complete Guide to Understanding Cervical...
Cervical cancer is a disease that affects the cervix in the female reproductive system. Explore what cervical cancer is, symptoms and treatment, and the basics of the disease.
What is a Colposcopy?
A colposcopy is a follow-up procedure for abnormal Pap smears. Learn why a oolposcopy is performed, what to expect, and more about colposcopy results.
Cervical Dysplasia - What is Cervical Dysplasia?
Cervical dysplasia can be a precursor to cervical cancer, if left untreated. Learn more about how cervical dysplasia is detected and treated before it turns cancerous.
LEEP Procedure to Treat Cervical Dysplasia
A LEEP procedure is commonly recommended for women with cervical dysplasia. Discover what a LEEP is, how it is done, and what to expect afterwards.
Sex After LEEP?
The average time to wait before having sex after this procedure to remove abnormal cervical tissue is about four to six weeks.
Is HPV Curable?
The answer to a common question: is the human papillomavirus (HPV) curable, or not?
High Grade Dysplasia
HGSIL Pap smear results mean high grade dysplasia. HGSIL is just one type of dysplasia. Though it is not cervical cancer, it can lead to cervical cancer when left untreated and unmonitored. Learn what an HGSIL Pap smear result means, how it is confirmed and treated.
Can You Still Get Pregnant After a LEEP...
A LEEP is procedure done to treat high grade cervical dysplasia. Women who have had LEEPs are often concerned about how it will affect future pregnancies. Discover how having a LEEP will affect pregnancy and childbirth.
So You Have Cervical Cancer - What Happens Next?
Several cervical cancer treatment options are available today, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Find out which treatment is best, when.
HPV Quiz
HPV is a common STD known to cause cervical cancer in women. Test your HPV knowledge by taking the HPV Quiz here.
Cervical Cancer Diagnosis
Diagnosing cervical cancer involves a series of exams and medical tests. From cervical cancer symptoms to cervical cancer stages, here you will find out the process in diagnosing cervical cancer.
How to Prevent and Reduce Your Risk of HPV
Learn how to reduce your risk of developing the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that is known to cause cervical cancer in women.
ASCUS
Medical defintion of ASCUS, a type of abnormal Pap smear result.
The 5 Best Tips for Preventing Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer prevention should be a top priority for all women! Check out these ways to reduce your risk of cervical cancer.
Cervical Dysplasia Treatment
Several treatment methods are available for cervical dysplasia. Discover what options are available to treat cervical dysplasia.
Free and Low-Cost Gardasil Vaccination
Want to get the Gardasil vaccine but can't afford it? There is hope! Check out these programs that help women get the Gardasil HPV vaccine for free or at a reduced cost.
Cervical Biopsy - What to Expect
A cervical biopsy is essential in diagnosing cervical abnormalities and cancer. Learn what a cervical biopsy is, how it is done, and what to expect during the procedure.
Colposcopy Risks
Explore the risks involved with having a colposcopy exam, a common follow-up procedure to an abnormal Pap smear.
What is a Pap Smear?
Discover what a Pap smear is and why it is necessary for all women to have one done regularly.
Can a colposcopy exam be done if a woman is on...
Can you get a colposcopy exam during your period? Learn more in the FAQ from a reader who asks if she should get a coposcopy exam during her period.
Can You Catch HPV by Sitting on a Public Toilet...
An About Cervical Cancer reader asks if HPV can be transmitted through a toilet seat. Can you indeed get HPV from a toilet seat? Find out the answer.
Cost and Insurance Coverage of Garadsil, the...
A look into the cost of the HPV vaccine Gardasil.
What is the Cervix?
Learn more about the function and purpose of the cervix in relation to cervical cancer.
The 9 Biggest Myths About Cervical Cancer
Separate fact from fiction -- learn the truth behind the top myths about cervical cancer.
Radiation Therapy for Cervical Cancer
Radiation therapy is a common treatment method for cervical cancer. Discover what radiation therapy is, how it used to combat cervical cancer, and what women require radiation therapy for cervical cancer treatment.
Pap Smear During Pregnancy - Is It Safe?
Is it safe to have a Pap smear while pregnant? Learn the importance of having a Pap smear during pregnancy for both the baby and the Mother.
Caring for Your Hair and Scalp During...
Chemotherapy induced hair loss is common during treatment. Learn how to protect your scalp and thinning hair throughout treatment.
Do I have to be a virgin to get Gardasil?
A reader asks whether virginity affects whether a woman can be vaccinated with Gardasil, the HPV vaccine. Gardasil is currently available to young women between the ages of 9 to 26.
Are Pap Smears Necessary After Having a...
A look into cervical cancer screening after a woman has had a hysterectomy.
7 Questions to Ask When Diagnosed with Cervical...
Here are seven important questions women should ask their doctor after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Cervical Cancer Risk Factors
There are several risk factors for cervical cancer. Some risk factors can be avoided, but unfortunately some cannot. Discover the risk factor for cervical cancer.
Treating Cervical Cancer with Chemotherapy
Discover what types of chemotherapy drugs are commonly used, what side effects to expect, and what other treatments are used with chemotherapy.
Do insurance companies cover the cost of wigs...
If you lose your hair during chemotherapy, will your insurance company pay for a wig? Find out if insurance companies cover the cost of a hair prosthetic and also how to to get your provider to cover the cost.
6 Ways to Reduce Nausea During Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is known to upset the stomach, in turn causing mild to severe nausea. Here are 6 easy tip to help reduce nausea during chemotherapy.
HPV Risk in Lesbian Relationships
Should lesbians worry about HPV? Learn more about how HPV can affect women in lesbian relationships.
Condoms and HPV
Learn more about how effective condoms are against the human papillomavirus (HPV). Condoms are highly effective against other STDs, but how do they fare when it comes to HPV?
Ativan For Nausea and Vomiting
If you are experiencing nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy sessions, your doctor may prescribe Ativan, a anti-anxiety medication that also helps with nausea/vomiting.
Endocervical Curettage
Medical definition of endocervical curettage, commonly known as an ECC in gynecology.
Is Cervical Cancer Caused by Tampons?
A recent email chain letter states that cervical cancer is caused by using tampons. Is there any truth to the email? Separate fact from fiction in this FAQ about tampons and cervical cancer.
6 Ways to Prepare for Hair Loss During...
Hair loss can be a devastating side effect of chemotherapy. There are several things patients can do to prepare for hair loss during chemotherapy.
Pregnancy and the HPV Vaccine: Is It Safe?
It is not recommended that pregnant women receive the HPV vaccine, Gardasil. No well-controlled research studies have been performed in pregnant humans.
HGSIL
Definition of HGSIL, a categorization of an abnormal Pap smear result.
Gardasil May Be Effective in Older Women
A 2007 from Merck says Gardasil is effective in older women, up to age 45. Learn more about the study and how it may affect you.
HPV Quiz Results from About Cervical Cancer
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Chemotherapy and Pain
Does chemotherapy hurt? One reader's question answered about pain and chemotherapy.
Sex and Gardasil
A reader FAQ that questions whether you can have sex during the six month period of getting Gardasil vaccinations. It is recommended that women get three vaccinations, each two months apart.
Hospice Care
Hospice care is an option for cancer patients who are suffering from the final stages of the disease. Explore what hospice options are available, who pays the costs, and finding hospice care.
Constipation and Cervical Cancer Treatment
Constipation is a common side effect of chemotherapy and other medications prescribed during cancer treatment. Explore what you can do to prevent constipation and what your doctor may recommend.
Transformation Zone
Medical definition of 'transformation zone,' a term related to the cervix.
Oral Hygiene During Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy produces a number of side effects, including effects on the mouth. Learn more about oral hygiene and care during chemotherapy treatment.
Pap Smears After Gardasil: Are They Necessary?
Do you need to continue having Pap smears after having the HPV vaccine? Here, a look into how having the HPV will change cervical cancer screening for women.
Is Gardasil Painful?
Most people feel slight pain with vaccines, but is Gardasil the most painful of all? Learn what to expect when you have the HPV vaccine.
Free and Low-Cost Prescription Programs for...
If you are uninsured or your health plan does not cover the cost of your medications, it can take a toll budget. Learn how to receive free or low-cost medications through various resources and programs.
Speculum
Medical definition of speculum, a medical instrument used in women's health care.
Why Your Daughter Should be Vaccinated with the...
The HPV vaccine a controversial issue that is leaving many parents confused about vaccinating their daughter. Learn why your daughter should be vaccinated with HPV and what the benefits of the vaccine are.
Vulva
Medical definition if 'vulva.' Cervical Cancer.
Symptomatic
Medical definition of symptomatic, a term related to diseases and conditions.
Cervical Cancer Quiz
Take this cervical cancer quiz to find out how much you know about cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is a disease all women should be familiar with and know how to prevent it from developing.
Chemobrain - A Side Effect You Can't Forget
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Dry Skin Can be a Side Effect of Chemotherapy
Dry skin can be a side effect of some chemotherapy drugs. Learn how to prevent and manage dry skin during treatment.
How to Tell Friends and Family that You Have...
Telling friends and family that you have cervical cancer can be a difficult task. Learn how to effectively tell friends and family about your cervical cancer diagnosis.
Cervical Cancer Diagnosis - Should You Get a...
One of the first things women who have been diagnosed with cancer ask if they should get a second opinion. Here is what women need to know about getting a second opinion after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Cervical Cancer Support Groups
When diagnosed with cervical cancer and undergoing treatment, support is essential. Support groups are an excellent way to bond with other patients and get the support you need.
Colposcope
Definition of colpscope, an instrument used during a colposcpy.
Chronic
Medical definition of the term chronic.
1 in 4 Teenage Girls Infected with a Sexually...
A CDC study reveals that 1 in 4 teenage girls in infected with a STD. Learn more about the study and how HPV has affected adolescents.
Do I need parental consent to get Gardasil?
A reader asks is parental consent is needed for minor who would like to get the Gardasil HPV vaccine.
Your Cervical Cancer Treatment Team
Learn what medical professionals may be involved in your cervical cancer treatment. Each play a vital role in providing specialized care to women with cervical cancer.
Colposcopy
Learn more about a colposcopy exam, a type of exam used in diagnosing cervical abnormalities.
Brachytherapy
Medical definition of brachytherapy, a treatment method for several kinds of cancer, including cervical cancer.
Nail Care During Chemotherapy
Many women are surprised to learn that their nails become damaged when undergoing some types of chemotherapy. Here are some tips to preserve the nail and keep nails healthy during treatment.
Foley Catheter
Medical definition of a foley catheter.
Oncologist vs Gynecologic Oncologist
It is recommended that women with cervical cancer be treated by a gynecologic oncologist over a general oncologist. Learn the treatment benefits of seeing a gynecologic oncologist and how it may affect your treatment outcome.
Ectocervix
Medical definition of ectocervix, part of the cervix found in the female resproductive system.
Oncologist
Medical definition of an oncologist, a specialist in the medical profession.
8 Ways to Prepare for Hurricane Season When You...
People with cancer need to take extra safety measures during hurricane season. Here's how to prepare for a hurricane when you are being treated for cancer.
Why doesn't my doctor offer Gardasil?
Many women seeking the HPV vaccine Gardasil are finding that their doctor's don't supply the vaccine. If it is such a great vaccine, why aren't more doctor's offering it to women? Find out more in this FAQ about Gardasil.
Neoadjuvant Therapy
Medical definition of neoadjuvant therapy in layman's terms.
How to Talk to Your Daughter About the HPV...
Since the FDA approval of Gardasil, many parent are concerned with how to talk to their daughter about the vaccine. Explore ways to discuss the HPV vaccine with your daughter at age appropriate levels.
Cervical Cancer Quiz Results
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Working During Cancer Treatment
A common concern for cancer patients is maintaining employment during treatment. Learn how to talk to your employer about your diagnosis and what rights you may have for leaves and absences, benefits, and job protection.
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