Hearing that word cancer can be a very scary thing when you are a female. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer a female can get after breast cancer. It is now believed that girls as young as 13 should have their first pelvic exam and talk to an OBGYN about protecting themselves from HPV better known as human papilloma virus. You can get HPV from having too many sexual partners. Sometimes, a woman’s immune system will prevent the virus from doing any harm. But, there is that chance that your immune system is weak and your body can not fight off the infection and this can cause you to have HPV and get cancer.
There are some common signs of having cervical cancer that a woman should be aware of. Having pain after sexual intercourse, having a bloody discharge in between your menstrual cycle, pelvic pain, unusual vaginal discharge and more. If you are having any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to go and see your doctor. Getting a yearly pap smear can also help even though it is not always picked up on a pap smear test. A pap smear will show any changes that may happen within your cervix and this is why a yearly exam is so important.
There has been the development of two different shots to help prevent HPV that can lead to cervical cancer. The first one is called Gardasil and the other one is called Cervarix. While it does not stop a woman from getting cervical cancer, it can stop the HPV virus from developing. There is a lot of controversy with giving young girls the Gardasil shot. It is up to you and your doctor to make the decision if the shot is right for you and your daughter. There are five different classes of cervical cancer Class I is normal, Class II means you could have an infection or irritation, Class III means it is a true cervical dysplasia and can range from mild to serious, Class IV may be a variety of cancer and Class V is a serious sign of cancer. Early stages of cervical cancer often go undetected because most women do not have any symptoms or signs that anything is wrong.
Tips and comments
One of the biggest tips that you can follow and stress to your daughter is not to have multiple sexual partners. If you do have many sexual partners, using a condom can help protect you from getting HPV. You should use a condom even if you are on birth control. You need to remember that every person you sleep with, you are also sleeping with every one they slept with if you do not use protection. Not only can using a condom help you from contracting HPV, but it can protect you from getting a STD. Also make sure that you go to the doctor for a yearly exam to make sure that you do not have any infections or the early stages of cervical cancer. Following these tips can save your life.
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