A 44-year-old female asked:
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So I just want to confirm. It is possible to have an abnormal Pap during pregnancy due to hormonal changes and not the HPV virus?

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Dr. Moneil Patel
16 years experience in General Practice
Yes: Typically a pathologist will look at a cell's nuclear to cytoplasmic ratio to determine if cells are abnormal or not. In pregnancy, your cervix will shed basal cells, which can be frequently confused for cells with high N/C ratios. It is normal when pregnant. But in some instances it does require further workup and closer monitoring.
Answered on Jul 16, 2015
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Dr. Moneil Patel
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A technicality, but they are called parabasal cells.
Jul 15, 2015

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