A 36-year-old female asked:
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have had 3 abnormal pap smears within 10 months. doctor wants to wait six more to recheck it suggestions? scared!

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Dr. Paul Nowicki
23 years experience Gynecologic Oncology
Depends : On what these pap smear results were and if you are high risk hpv positive. If you had a colposcopy with biopsies in the meantime you most likely should not be worried that something is being missed.
Answered on Jun 8, 2013
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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Depends . . .: 3 in 10 months seem excessive. If not grossly abnormal (high grade lesion), current recommendations are to wait 6 months after mildly abnormal result eg ascus to repeat. So i could see 3 in 12 months. Regardless, next step depends upon how abnormal is abnormal. Hpv testing might help allay fears & make testing more accurate/predictive. Check out http://goo.Gl/px0gh.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
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