I am 21, do I need a Pap smear test?

Lately I have been having weird discharge and I’m worried. At first my discharge changed to being heavy and watery with a weird odor then just dry and uncomfortable meaning I stopped having a discharge. Now it heavy once again with the same odor. I did go to a doctor yesterday and was offered a Pap smear exam but because of my fears and backed out. Initially I believed I had a yeast infection so that’s what I told the doctor and because I didn’t want to do the Pap smear he just decided to give me a one dose medication for a yeast infection. However today I’m not so sure I made the right decision. I have noticed a change in my discharge since taking the pill, however when I went to the bathroom and wiped a noticed a brown streak in my discharge. I immediately start to panic and reading up on YouTube only increased my fears. I am honestly worried sick.. to the point of breaking down. I need some advice before i approach my sister. P.S My period started 14 days ago (last for 7 days). Also, noticed that I barely ever get aroused and when I do I don’t get “wet”. 21 year old virgin. I would have mentioned a lot of these things to my doctor but he was so fast paced, somewhat in a hurry that I forgot. Help me.


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Dr.Honey Arora
12:45 pm

Thanks for the query..

The symptoms can be due to bacterial Infection causing bacterial vaginosis..
So first of all consult a Gynaecologist and get a vaginal swab culture done..
Further investigations can be planned accordingly..
Do not worry as it will be very much treated and you do not need to panic..
Maintain a good hygiene and use panty liners..
Use cotton panties..

Hope this helps..

Ahmed Fawzy
2:27 pm

Brown streak in your discharges can normaly occur once every month, discharges can be fungal or simply hormonal changes due to changes in your emotions, any way Pap smear test is not for cancer only, they can role out bacterial infections, viral infections, and they can help detect early development of cancer, it is a routine to ask for the first Pap smear test at age of 21 , I have no idea why you are worried , go ahead with test
Good Luck

Ayman Darrag
3:03 pm

Your age and medical history are not indicating a need for that pap smear as you may be just having infection,if you are sexually active ,i believe you have got infected then..
Try anti yeast products ,and if no result you can start with an antibiotic for common vaginal bacterial infections.