The National Parenting Center

Got questions? We’ve got answers!

What you need to know about abnormal pap smears in adolescent girls

Many parents wonder when a teenage girl should have her first pelvic exam and Pap smear. Such exams should begin when she starts having sex–or when you suspect that she may be sexually active.

The Pap smear, as you may know, involves a slight scraping of the cervix with the cells obtained placed on a slide and sent to a pathologist for diagnosis. In adult women, this is an important means of detecting cancer of the uterus at an early and curable stage. Why is the procedure important for teens? As many as 10 to 20 percent of sexually active teenage girls can have abnormal Pap smears. The most frequent cause of this is the infection with a virus called the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This virus causes genital warts which can occur on the cervix as well as (or instead of) on the external genitals. If not detected and treated, some forms of this HPV infection can cause abnormal cell growth on the cervix and may lead to cervical cancer.

If the Pap smear is abnormal, the physician will usually perform a procedure called colposcopy. Here, a biopsy of the Pap abnormal cervical area is taken and the area is usually treated with a laser beam.

This treatment method is quite effective. However, sexually active adolescent girls must continue to have yearly Pap smears for optimal health and reassurance.

Dr. Wibbelsman, M.D., is an award-winning author and former “Dear Doctor” columnist for Teen magazine. Chair of Adolescent Medicine for the Permanente Medical Group, Northern California, he is chief of the Teen-Age Clinic at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco, and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School. Dr. Wibbelsman is the news anchor for a Bay Area television series, “Medicine in the Nineties”.

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

HOW IT WORKS

A Seal of Approval review involves a multi-step process conducted over an eight-week period.

Parents and children, experience and review submitted products and services either already released or coming to market.

Participants fill out questionnaires for each product or service they test. They score based on 13 levels of criteria including quality, appeal, design, price, packaging, directions, desirability, stimulation, replay factor and more. Results are based on both statistical averaging and comments received by testers.

There are three testing periods each year:

Report Period

SPRING '22

FALL ‘22

HOLIDAY ‘22

Testing Begins

February 15th

June 1st

September 1st

Submission Deadline

March 11th

June 24th

September 23rd

Testing Ends

April 24th

July 31st

October 30th

Report Issued

May 10th

August 17th

November 16th

Each submission must be accompanied by a $295 product testing fee (we offer multiple submission discounts). This fee covers the cost of testing, nothing more. It is non-refundable and has no bearing on the result of the testing. Additionally, we require three samples of the product or access codes for online submissions.

Edit Company

PayPal Payment

Submission Summary

In case of Agency:

Product/Service
Suggested Retail Price
Suggested Age
Description
Notes
Image
Payment Method*
Please check your PayPal Checkout Add-On settings. Your account is not connected yet.
Hidden
Hidden

Credit Card Payment

Submission Summary

In case of Agency:

Product/Service
Suggested Retail Price
Suggested Age
Description
Notes
Image
Credit Card
American Express
Discover
MasterCard
Visa
Supported Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Expiration Date
 
Hidden
Hidden

[login_widget]

PLEASE SELECT YOUR REGISTRATION TYPE

OR