Morgan’s journey to being a mom is rife with ups and downs, but one constant is how the Pap test kept her in tune with her own health, allowing for three particular miracles later in life.

“I owe a lot to the Pap test, and am so grateful for it. Who knows where I might be without it? For years it has been recommended that cervical cancer screening tests include the Pap and HPV test. Before the introduction of the Pap, cervical cancer was the #1 cancer killer of women; now it is #14. What a drastic difference!”

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Let’s talk women’s health. 👩🏻‍⚕️⠀⠀ #sponsored You all know that I struggled with infertility and had to go through multiple rounds of fertility treatment, including IVF, to conceive the twins. What you might not know is that growing up I always had irregular, unpredictable cycles. ⠀⠀ Because of these issues I started visiting my gynecologist at a young age (14 I think) which led to trying out a variety of different hormonal birth control pills to help with my cycles as well as regular Pap tests. ⠀⠀ When I was 18 one of my Pap tests came back irregular. Precancerous cells were detected that indicated an increased chance of developing cervical cancer. Talk about terrifying for a young girl to hear!⠀⠀ Shortly after I underwent a LEEP procedure to remove the abnormal cervical tissue (this uses a wire heated by electricity to remove tissue). After the procedure I was required to have a Pap test every 4 months (rather than every 12). After about 18 months of normal Pap tests I returned to the regular schedule and haven’t had any issues since! ⠀⠀ I owe a lot to the Pap test, and am so grateful for it. Who knows where I might be without it?⠀⠀ For years it has been recommended that cervical cancer screening tests include the Pap and HPV test together. Before the introduction of the Pap test, cervical cancer was the #1 cancer killer of women; now it is #14. What a drastic difference!⠀⠀ Now, proposed changes to screening guidelines could eliminate the Pap test, leaving thousands of women vulnerable to incomplete testing. I’m here to tell you we CANNOT let that happen.⠀⠀ Not only do these two tests work hand-in-hand, eliminating the well-known Pap test could lead women to believe they don’t need the regular exams that protect their reproductive health. For the health of all women, the Pap and HPV tests should remain a part of our routine wellness screening. We need to advocate for ourselves; we deserve the best chance at a long and healthy life! #ProtectThePap Check out @protectthePap and https://protectthePap.com/about to learn more! Paid for by Protect the pap • #womenshealth #reproductivehealth #selfadvocate #cervicalcancer #cervicalcancerawareness #momlife #mother

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