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What do the results of my Pap and HPV tests mean? | DHMG Blog

Posted by Sarah Tyre on 1/26/23 9:36 AM

A Pap test, or Pap smear, screens for cervical cancer and is recommended for women between 21 and 65. If your results are normal, you may not need to get screened again for another three to five years, depending on your age and the test you receive. But what happens when your results come back positive, abnormal, or unclear? Read on to learn more about the goal of cervical cancer screening, understand what HPV and Pap tests are, and what your results could mean.

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The Best Breastfeeding Positions to Help With Back Pain

Posted by Sarah Tyre on 8/5/22 2:01 PM

Breastfeeding can take a toll on the body, especially the lower back. Below, Sarah Fulop-Furlano, IBCLC a lactation consultant with Dignity Health Medical Group — Dominican shares tips for proper breastfeeding positions to protect your back, and help keep you and baby as comfortable as possible.

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Women’s Health Month Series: Insight From an OB-GYN

Posted by Dignity Health Medical Group Staff on 5/19/22 9:35 AM

In recognition of Women’s Health Month during the month of May, we’re spotlighting important women’s health insights from physicians across different specialties. Lisbeth Chang, MD, an OB-GYN with Dignity Health Medical Group — Northridge, shares important insight on preventative screenings and OB-GYN care.

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Pregnancy, Fertility and the COVID-19 Vaccine: Important Reminders

Posted by Dignity Health Medical Group Staff on 4/19/22 4:55 PM

COVID-19 raises many questions for those who are currently pregnant, trying to get pregnant or planning on getting pregnant in the future. Research shows that it is safe to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at any point during pregnancy, and getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent serious complications from getting COVID-19 for both mom and baby.

“We have a lot of information about the harms of getting sick with COVID-19 during pregnancy and how safe and effective the vaccines are, “says Kimberly Moreland, MD, an OB/GYN with Dignity Health Medical Group — Dominican. “Don't miss this amazing opportunity to protect yourself and your baby by staying up-to-date with your vaccines and boosters.”

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Important Reminders During Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted by Dignity Health Medical Group Staff on 1/24/22 8:17 AM

January marks the start of a new year, a time often synonymous with prioritizing health and wellness. For women, this means scheduling an annual visit and routine screening at the gynecologist to support reproductive health.

January is also Cervical Health Awareness Month. Every year, more than 12,000 Americans are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Cervical cancer was once considered the leading cause of death among women in the United States, but today is considered highly preventable and treatable due to vaccination and early detection from routine testing.
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