Does a Virgin Need a Pap Smear?

Being a virgin means you have not had [vaginal] sexual intercourse yet. According to Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, if you are a virgin, you probably do not need a Pap smear. Dr. Pruthi also adds that having a Pap smear won’t cause you to lose your virginity – even if the instruments used to collect the cervical cells stretch and even tear the hymen. You only lose your virginity when you have had sexual intercourse.

The purpose of a pap smear

The purpose of a Pap smear is to get cells from your cervix. The cells collected will indicate if you have cervical cancer or if you may develop the disease.

Cervical cancer is often caused by the human papillomavirus [HPV] which is a sexually transmitted disease. If you have never had any form of intercourse, you are unlikely to catch HPV.

But there are also other risk factors for developing cervical cancer. These include family history, and smoking.

Cervical cancer can actually be prevented. The American Cancer  Society recommends having an initial Pap smear by the age of 21 or after being sexually active for three years.

Source: Mayo Clinic


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