I didn’t know how badly I wanted children until, eleven years ago, I was informed that I might not even have the option. At 20, after years of avoiding my PAP test; I went in for an exam and was given the news that my results were abnormal.

I was fortunate enough to have this diagnosed by a team of amazing doctors, and after a series of procedures, I was able to have all of the cells removed successfully. I also got the HPV vaccine to protect against reinfection. Today, I have two beautiful children, but this might not have been possible without my routine PAP test.

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#sponsored I didn’t know how badly I wanted children until, eleven years ago, I was informed that I might not even have the option. At 20, after years of avoiding my Pap test; I went in for an exam and was given the news that my results were abnormal. Not only were they abnormal, I had undiagnosed HPV which had evolved into High-Grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesion, or HSIL (Severe Dysplasia). HSIL is an area of abnormal cells, in my case on my cervix. Left untreated, these cells are precancerous and can spread to the tissue located in your reproductive organs. I was fortunate enough to have this diagnosed by a team of amazing doctors, and after a series of procedures, I was able to have all of the cells removed successfully. I also got the HPV vaccine to protect against reinfection. Today, I have two beautiful children, but this might not have been possible without my routine Pap test. I have been fortunate enough to partner with #protectthepap to spread awareness on how necessary preventative health truly is! For years, it has been recommended that cervical cancer screening tests for women include the Pap and HPV test. The Pap test has been leading the fight against cervical cancer for decades. Before introduction of the screening, cervical cancer was the #1 cancer killer of women. Now, it’s #14. That’s a drastic difference. But now proposed changes to the guidelines could eliminate the Pap, leaving thousands of women vulnerable to incomplete testing. We can’t let that happen. Not only do these two tests work well together to give a comprehensive screening, eliminating the well-known pap test could lead women to believe they don't need access to the regular exams that protect their reproductive health. For the health of all women, the Pap and HPV tests should remain a part of your routine wellness screening! #protectthepap #papsmear #womenshealth

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