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Dr. Alan Patterson
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During pap smear- my cervix was bleeding- is it a bad sign?

During pap smear- my cervix was bleeding- is it a bad sign?

Your doc should: Have told u that sometimes it can bleed as long as he didnt see a lesion or tumor then the pap hopefully will be normal , it could come back abnormal, and sometimes bleeding can be from an undiagnosed std like chl or gc so the dco can run those 2 tests with the pap to make sure they are neg. ...Read more

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Dr. Haritha Vankireddy
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Is bleeding during a pap smear and tender cervix normal? Hi, I am 19 years old I have only had two sexual partners I have had lower abdominal pain which the doctors think is from my scar tissue. Today i had a pap smear and my gyno said my cervix was swoll

First : First of all your concern about cervical cancer is valid, given that your grandmother had cervical cancer. But, at 19 yrs old cervical cancer is not something to be concerned. The incidence is almost none to rare. In fact, as per new guidelines by health care leaders, pap smear should be started when woman is 21 yrs old. However there are other reasons why a pap smear was thought necessary before age 21. The most important thing for woman exam (pelvic exam) at your age is std screening and if woman has any menstrual problems or pelvic pain issues. So, with the above information i provided, bleeding during pap smear if it is unusually more and if the cervix is very tender, i would recommend that you should get std screening. Infections with chlamydia and trichomonas can cause tender cervix, pain with intercourse and also can make it bleed easily. Sometimes, woman might not have typical symptoms of burning and vaginal discharge with chlamydia infection. Just that infection with chlamydia has long term implications on fertility and other complications, it is worth getting checked. My sincere advise is to use protection without failure any time to prevent stds. I do want to provide you with some more information about cervical cancer and how to modify any risk factors to decrease your risk of cervical cancer in the future. One of the risk factors that causes cervical cancer is hpv infection. But more than half of women of your age fight it off and get rid of it. Human papilloma virus is a infection that is transmitted sexually. This puts women at high risk for cervical cancer. There is a vaccine available to prevent the risk of getting high risk hpv from partners. At your age that is very well worth the cost to get the vaccine. It is a series of 3 injections over a period of 6 months. Please talk to your doctor for more information about risk factors for cervical cancer. I hope this is helpful information to you. ...Read more

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Dr. Myron Arlen
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Did pap smear yesterday,inflamed & bleeding cervix. Will go back after a week. Is there any medication i can take to stop my cervix from bleeding??

Did pap smear yesterday,inflamed & bleeding cervix. Will go back after a week. Is there any medication i can take to stop my cervix from bleeding??

Treat locally: Once a lesion of the cervix starts bleeding the chance is that it will not stop spontaneously. One could apply laser treatment to stop it or else some form of cauterization. The easiest way however is to have your physician place a clotting substance such as surgicell against the cervix which should cause enough clotting to stop any further bleeding. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Sweet III
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Went to my gynecologist she did a pap smear. Do to I have HPV she barely touched my cervix and it started bleeding some.?

Complication?: I know of no specific relationship between pap smear post procedural bleeding and hpv infection. That said, you may want to follow-up sooner with your physician to double check that there is not some sort of complication (some spotting maybe ok but frank hemorrhage may need to be rechecked). ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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I have been having irregular bleeding (between periods and after intercourse), painful intercourse, foul watery discharge and cervix bleeds when touched for more than 2 years, haven't had a pap smear in 6 and a half years. Could it be cervical cancer?

I have been having irregular  bleeding (between  periods and after  intercourse), painful intercourse, foul watery discharge and cervix bleeds when touched for more than 2 years, haven't  had a pap smear in 6 and a half years. Could it be cervical cancer?

Yes, must be checked: Women who are sexually active cannot go 6 years between Pap smears and Gyn exams. Nor can they wait 2 years while having foul vaginal discharge. Cancer is a possibility, and the most serious one. A doctor's evaluation is needed this week. That means not waiting until next week. Friends and family members should be able to help, if financial or transportation help is needed. ...Read more

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I have a visible "lesion" on cervix during pap smear, what is leading to this?

I have a visible "lesion" on cervix during pap smear, what is leading to this?

Needs further eval: I assume this means that the doctor doing the pap smear saw a lesion on the cervix during the pelvic exam. Such a lesion could be a cancer, a benign polyp, a wart, a prolapsed fibroid, or another condition. The pap smear may give some clues to the diagnosis, but most often another special exam called a colposcopy with a specific biopsy of the lesion will be needed to make sure it is not cancer. ...Read more

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What can cause a visible "lesion" on the cervix during a pap smear?

Await Path report: If Pap smear was done, a path report will be available in less than a week from your doctor. Long list of possibilities from benign, scar, infection and, of course, cancer. All of these can be managed well in 2014 so be patient while the report is brewing. ...Read more

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