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do you have your "yearly exam" done like you should

My youngest is 19 months...I had a pap done when he was six weeks but I haven't had one since. Do you feel it is important to have one every year? I don't have insurance.

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:36 AM on Jan. 21, 2009 in Health

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  • To answer you question yes I think it's really important. Sadly I don't have insurance so I don't have yearly exams done like I should. We my husband and I haven't had insurance since the kids were born. the kids are covered but we just can't afford it for ourselves. Sucks but it is what it is.

    Answer by norbert at 8:42 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • I have insurance and my gyn call me to remind me my annual is due. It is important to have an annual check-up so abnormal cells ( cancer ) can be caught early. Before I had insurance I would go through planned parenthood, I was charged 20.00. If you don't have a planned parenthood I'm sure if you look into it you can find free clinics or a doc willing to work with you on billing. Get your check-up.

    Answer by Farrahann at 8:49 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • I feel that it is very important and I do go every year. I didn't have insurance for several years, but I still went. I found that I could go to Planned Parenthood and it only cost me $65. Even if I were to go to my Ob-Gyn though, they gave a discount for uninsured patients. I was on Medicaid with my second baby and both of my children were on Medicaid. Just this month we were finally able to start insurance for the whole family. A woman's yearly exam is only once a year...even if you have to save $10 a month for a whole year to be able to go, then do that. As a mother, I feel that avoiding my annual exams is something that my family cannot afford for me to do. I have to take care of myself. All would be lost if something were to happen to Mommy.


    Answer by boizmom at 8:50 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • It is very important. I would be dead if I skipped mine and I'm only 25. I had cancer and never would have known it without my annual paps. There were no signs or symptoms. The BIG problem is how expensive having a pap is if you don't have insurance. They can run hundreds and hundreds of dollars. If you have to, go to a clinic or somewhere that offers health care for women like the PPs mentioned, but don't skip.

    Answer by kabbot01 at 8:57 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • Yes I've had one done every yera since I had my 3 year old.

    Answer by LND at 9:13 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • Yes it's important. Do you qualify for public aid insurance? Most areas have clinics to help lower-income people and will charge based on your income. You need to go.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 9:44 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • Yes it's important but I haven't had one done in years (no insurance) .

    Answer by sammiesmom2000 at 9:49 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • I have always had insurance and I still don't go. I hate it with a passion. I had one when I was pregnant with my youngest child, but hes almost 3, so I think its time to go. We moved about 2 yrs ago and I won't go to anyone without a referral because everytime I do, I end up with a wacko. I am not going to put it off much longer.

    Answer by momofsaee at 10:57 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • i havent had one sice i've had my daughter but yes its important to have one every year but i cant because i have no insurance

    Answer by henderson20 at 12:53 PM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • just because someone doesnt have insurance...doesn't mean they are low is very expensive...hopefully Obama will help- I'm praying so at least

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:24 PM on Jan. 21, 2009

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