Actress Jamie Otis recently took to Instagram to share how a series of Pap tests during pregnancy saved her life.
Sharing that she was diagnosed with HPV following a first Pap test, Otis also noted that “At my 6 week check up I had another pap. It came back abnormal with ‘high risk’ cells...I am so fortunate to have caught this early. These ‘abnormal’ cells are what turn into full blown cancer.”
Otis’ experience aligns with WebMD’s description of Pap tests during pregnancy, which note “if a…test was abnormal during pregnancy, the doctor will likely do another Pap test a few weeks after childbirth.”
“Luckily for me, I got pregnant and they made me have a pap. Otherwise who knows when I would’ve had one,” Otis said, adding “I didn’t always get my routine check ups bc I was so ‘busy’. Don’t let life get too “busy” to get your check ups. I believe in my heart I’ll be perfectly fine, but man! To think if I hadn’t gotten pregnant these high risk cells would just be hanging out spreading inside me and I wouldn’t know any better bc there are no signs or symptoms.”
Read more about how a Pap during pregnancy ensured the safety of Jamie and her baby here.