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Why it's important to have a womens health exam even after hysterectomy

Updated on February 13, 2012
To Your Health Ladies
To Your Health Ladies

Love Yourself Always

This has been a controversy among OBGYN's, general practitioners, and surgeons as to whether a woman needs a pelvic exam and pap smear after a hysterectomy. Well why on earth not?

Women can still get cancer of the vagina and other organs and if you had you had a hysterectomy due to cancer then yes you still need a pap smear. It is also a way to detect STD's.

A woman had melenoma, a deadly skin cancer, in her vagina and was found on a pelvic exam. Women can have cysts, polyps, and many other problems that can only be diagnosed on a vaginal exam.

Do people stop getting yearly exams by their doctors just because their yearly labs always come back okay. No you continue to go because it prevents things that could ultimately have a bad outcome.

Left untreated, vaginal cancer can spread rapidly and make its way into lymph nodes in the groin and pass on to other areas of the body. 50% of women with sqaumous cell cancer in the vagina are over the age of 50. There are no definite ways to prevent this cancer. You can increase your chances of early detection by getting regular yearly pelvic examinations and Pap smears. A Pap test can find abnormal cells that may be cancer so that is why it is important to get a pap smear even after a hysterectomy.

Along with a mammogram, ladies, you should always have a pelvic exam yearly no matter how long it has been since you had a hysterectomy.

You must love yourself enough to take care of yourself. 


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