Until one of our Teen Clinic practitioners examines your reproductive area, it’s impossible to tell what might be causing the pain. However, rest assured that the first sign of cervical cancer usually isn’t pain; it’s an abnormal pap test. A pap test is when we take a sample of cells from the cervix to see if they’re growing normally. If they’re not, it can lead to cervical cancer. Often, abnormal cell growth occurs because someone has contracted the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
Even if the pain isn’t cervical cancer, it’s really important to make sure you’re healthy! Make an appointment for an infection check this week, and be sure to get tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. At the appointment, your practitioner will be able to answer more of your questions about pelvic pain. Thanks for sending us this important question!