I have something that has been troubling me tremendously lately, and I need some answers.
I am an 18-year-old female pre-med college student. I am a virgin-- never had sex in any way, shape or form. I have always had very regular periods, no severe menstrual pain, never any abdominal pain, or any other reproductive-related problems or concern. I also do not have a family history of female reproductive problems like endometriosis, ovarian cysts, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, etc on either side.
About 1 month ago, I went to my family doctor for a sinus infection. He is a D.O. and not an MD. Anyway, he asked me when my last Pap Smear/ Pelvic exam was, and I told him I never had one. He went on and on for nearly 5 minutes trying to get me to schedule one with him and I refused. Then he recommended all types of female gynecologists within a 50 mile radius of my town, and I still refused to schedule this type of exam. He kept saying "Well, if you get cervical cancer, you will regret it." Then he kept trying to hound me to get Gardasil vaccine. I refused that as well. Finally I just said "Look! I'm not sexually active. I'm at no risk for HPV or STDs. I don't need any of this." I think he assumed I had been sexually active in the past, because he said "Even for those who are no longer sexually active..." and I just cut him off. I said "I have never, ever engaged in any sexual activity." And he just stares and me and goes "Well..." and there was awkward silence. Finally I asked him what good did immediately getting a pap smear, pelvic exam, and a cervical cancer vaccine to someone who is at absolutely no risk for STDs, pregnancy, etc. He didn't really have an answer. All he said is "It's recommended."
Since I am a pre-med student, I am well aware of preventative care, but I have also done extensive research about how certain preventative care procedures can actually be detrimental in they put people without any problems through more than necessary at all.
So my questions are:
-Is it absolutely crucial that an 18-year-old virgin with a completely regular cycle, no pain, and no reproductive issues and no history of family reproductive issues get a a pelvic exam, pap smear, and the Gardasil vaccine? Or
is it just "recommended" because there is a *slight* chance that I *could possibly* develop some rare issue?
I would also like to add that I have serious religious beliefs again going through such medical procedures at this point. For religious reasons, I feel strongly against getting the Gardasil vaccine.
Also, for religious reasons, I believe that my future husband should be the first person to see and touch my body. Since I have never been seen or touched in my private places by another person, I feel I would be disrespecting my beliefs by doing what my doctor is pressing me to do and going for these procedures I feel are unnecessary at this point.
Please understand that I know these types of procedures will be necessary for me one day and plan to get them regularly at some point, but I do not feel like they are now, and I feel pressured by a doctor to have something done that I am not mentally, physically, or spiritually ready to handle at this point in time.
Sorry this is so long. I'm looking forward to feedback.