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