By Meryl Davids Landau
When you were in your 20s and 30s, you probably ignored random aches or other minor physical annoyances, and they usually went away. But now those symptoms can come back — often with a different cause, and calling for more serious attention.
You have bleeding after douching or sexual
If you think you may have
symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection (STI), call
your doctor for an appointment. Avoid sexual intercourse
until you have been treated for your symptoms and can no longer infect your
If your sex partner has symptoms of an STI, both of you
should be evaluated by a doctor. If you have been diagnosed with an STI, such
as genital warts, your
sex partner(s) may want to be evaluated.
If you have had an abnormal Pap test, be certain
to complete any additional testing or treatment that your doctor recommends.
You and your doctor can decide how often Pap test screening should continue or
whether other tests are needed.
Who To See
Your family doctor or any of the following health
professionals can manage an abnormal Pap test:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.