As noted earlier, the advent of Pap smear screening for cervical cancer has halved the death rate from the disease since 1980. Make sure to follow the guidelines for screening, but keep in mind that these are general guidelines designed for the population as a whole. There may be reasons to have screening (or to not screen) for you as an individual that are not covered under these recommendations. It's also important to note that screening tests are meant for people who are asymptomatic—who have no symptoms of a disease. If you have any of the symptoms listed earlier, further tests may be considered beyond a screening Pap smear. If you are unsure if you need these tests, check out these guidelines for cervical cancer screening .
CONT. after having him my monthly cycles became very painful and I kept telling the drs that I thought something was wrong. No one would check me out because they kept saying I was young and fine. when our son was a year and a half we decided to start trying again. After 18 months of no success I started going to drs asking for help. No one would run tests. They would just say that I was “young, healthy and fine.” After switching drs 4 times I finally found one willing to run tests. they started with a sonogram and saw that there was a 3cm mass in my uterus. I had to have a DNC where they found out that I had had an infection in my uterus the entire time! 2 years!all from my extremely long labor. Due to this my uterus had a horrible time staying polyp free and my tubes became blocked. We then had to resort to invitro. Lucky for us it worked the first time and we were blessed with two more wonderful little boys. I was so terrified of labor though that I refused to do anything but a c-section. How sad is it when you would rather be cut open because it seems like a much easier option, and I have to tell you after what I experienced in labor, it was easier. I wish that my dr at the time had known the complications of a leep procedure and how that it would make my labor an actual nightmare. They refused to give me an epidural until I reached 4cm which took me 28 hours!!! All of this, having to have many tests, procedure, and surgeries all lead back to that horrible labor. Having to pay a ton of money and go to extreme circumstances to be able to have more children, all go back to that labor.