“[I]t’s important to have a provider who you trust and are comfortable with sharing your experiences with. For people with cervixes, the recommended age to begin Pap screening is age 21!
I was VERY nervous during my first Pap smear. I was scared that it would hurt or that I would be embarrassed. But I found an OBGYN who I really like and trust, she made me feel calm and it did not cause pain!
Following screening recommendations is something that saves lives and enables people to take control of their health: I BELIEVE EVERYONE CAN AND SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE THEIR OWN HEALTH ADVOCATES.”