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Doctor insights on: Can A Pap Smear Detect Ovarian Cysts

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It could be possible that a pap smear detect ovarian cysts?

It could be possible that a pap smear detect ovarian cysts?

No: The pap smear tests for abnormal cells in the cervix. Sometimes we see cells that shed from the endometrium or fallopian tubes that exit through the cervix, but ovarian cells or tissues are not normally present. Ovarian cysts are usually diagnosed by ultrasound or seen by your doctor and removed for diagnosis during a laparoscopy. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Will the gynecologist tell me to get a pap smear if I have an ovarian cyst?

Possibly: Based on your age, a good gynecologist will always do pap screening when evaluating your for other problems. While they may not be related, it is important to know the whole picture of the pelvic organs. If there is something "positive" on a pap, you may approach the disorder in the ovary differently. ...Read more

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Abnormal pap smear-enlarged uterus (11cm)left complex ovarian cyst (new since 7/31/15)and thickening endometrium (10mm)Possibly cancer? Lower abd pain24/7

Abnormal pap smear-enlarged uterus (11cm)left complex ovarian cyst (new since 7/31/15)and thickening endometrium (10mm)Possibly cancer? Lower abd pain24/7

A cornucopia: You have 5 major reasons for seeing a GYN MD now. This is the "horn of plenty" of symptoms that need immediate evaluation. Surgery may be in your immediate future after biopsy and evaluation. ...Read more

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Post menopause bleeding. D&c clear, tvu show hyperplasia (6mm). Pap smear clear. Sometimes pelvic pain & bloating. 1.3cm ovarian cyst. Ovarian cancer?

Post menopause bleeding. D&c clear, tvu show hyperplasia (6mm). Pap smear clear. Sometimes pelvic pain & bloating. 1.3cm ovarian cyst. Ovarian cancer?

Need work up: You had ultrasound and d&c; the uterus should be clear. Bloating and pain is probably unrelated to your gynecology issues. The ovarian cyst however, is worth a follow up by ultrasound and blood test. ...Read more

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I had a 2cm ovarian cyst in May went to doc in Aug for pap. Doc didn't say anything about it. I did ask him about it. He wasn't worried. Should I be?

I had a 2cm ovarian cyst in May went to doc in Aug for pap. Doc didn't say anything about it. I did ask him about it. He wasn't worried. Should I be?

No: Ovarian cysts are very common. They come and go. As long as they are simple cysts there is nothing to worry about. The more complicated cysts souls be followed until they clear ...Read more

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I have ovarian cyst on left side 3.8 on cat scan. I had a pap yesterday now that side hurts worse is this normal?

I have ovarian cyst on left side 3.8 on cat scan. I had a pap yesterday now that side hurts worse is this normal?

Likely unrelated: Sorry you are in pain. Paps usually cause short term cramping. You may have a follicle (cysts that form every month on the ovary) that ruptured, which can be painful. If the pain does not improve in a day or two, contact your gynecologist. ...Read more

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What vitamins should I be taking? I am, female, live in canada. Health issues include abnormal pap in past and current ovarian cyst.

What vitamins should I be taking? I am, female, live in canada. Health issues include abnormal pap in past and current ovarian cyst.

Depends: If you are eating a regular mixed diet, you probably do not need any additional vitamins. If is good that you are taking iron and vitamin D. You may take any over the counter multivitamin, if you so choose.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I have 3 ovarian cysts, one on tube. Have fluid in pelvis. Getting us in a few weeks. Now abnormal pap. Getting colposcopy. Should I be worried?

I have 3 ovarian cysts, one on tube. Have fluid in pelvis. Getting us in a few weeks. Now abnormal pap. Getting colposcopy. Should I be worried?

Don't worry, but: Whoa! Ovarian cysts aren't on tubes so you either have 2 ovarian cysts and one tubal (?), or 3 ovarian cysts. This is not to worry about by itself. Fluid in the pelvis? All people have small fluid, and all women have fluid around ovulation and around menstruation. Fluid doesn't automatically mean problems. Bad Pap goes with colposcopy but not the other issues. Your doc can clarify more. Best! ...Read more

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Could a hx of abnormal paps, high risk HPV, increase risk of ovarian cysts being cancerous? Lg cysts 4-7 cm, frequent urination, severe pain/pressure

Could a hx of abnormal paps, high risk HPV, increase risk of ovarian cysts being cancerous? Lg cysts 4-7 cm, frequent urination, severe pain/pressure

No increased risk: Unlike cervical, anal, and vulvar cancer, ovarian cancer is not caused HPV, and there is no evidence that the risk of overian cancer is any higher in women with HPV, either high or low risk types. Presumably you're in the care of a gynecologist for the ovarian cysts. Continue to follow up as directed and follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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Will the doc do other testing for ovarian and uterine cancer other than pap smear if I have symptoms?

Will the doc do other testing for ovarian and uterine cancer other than pap smear if I have symptoms?

Yes: Pap tests are only a screening test for cervical cancer. Unfortunately, there are no screening tests for uterine or ovarian cancer, although research is continuing. However, if you are experiencing symptoms, gynecologists should first perform a pelvic exam. A pelvic ultrasound or endometrial biopsy can also be helpful depending on your symptoms. Discuss options with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is ultrasound (to check for endo cyst via a monitor) included in a pap smear test? I only asked for a pap test was was also charged for "ultrasound".

Is ultrasound (to check for endo cyst via a monitor) included in a pap smear test? I only asked for a pap test was was also charged for "ultrasound".

No 2 different Tests: Basic anatomy: a pap smear is only about collecting a sample of cells, rubbed off the uterine cervix with a stick, to examine for changes consistent with possible early to advanced cancer & is totally incapable of detecting cysts within the endometrium of the uterus. An endometrial cyst could be detected on us, depending on location, the quality of us & its interpretation. 2 tests for 2 issues. ...Read more

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I have a nabothian cyst on my cervix, follicles in my left ovary and abnormal cells on my pap smear. What could it be?

I have a nabothian cyst on my cervix, follicles in my left ovary and abnormal cells on my pap smear. What could it be?

No relation: These findings are not related!
Nabothian cysts are harmless enlarged cervical glands that may happen for all women.
Producing follicles (eggs) is the normal function of the ovaries.
How ever the abnormal cell on the cervix are of course abnormal!
But it depends what is the extent of this abnormality, for each stage different follow-up or treatment is necessary. You have to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Had postmenopause bleeding. Tvu showed 6mm lining 10mm ovary cyst. Recent d&c clear. Pap smear ok. Now have pelvic pain and weight loss. What is this?

Had postmenopause bleeding. Tvu showed 6mm lining 10mm ovary cyst. Recent d&c clear. Pap smear ok. Now have pelvic pain and weight loss. What is this?

Need further work up: It is hard to say. As women we have many organs in our pelvis. It may be gynecologic or it could be related to your urinary or gastrointestinal tract. Either way keep following up with your doctors. ...Read more

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Am 32 - no children yet. Best way to determine 1.Ovarian cancer-pap smear or ca 125 & 2.Breast cancer-mammography or ca 15-3 granny died of ovarian ca?

Am 32 - no children yet. Best way to determine 1.Ovarian cancer-pap smear or ca 125 & 2.Breast cancer-mammography or ca 15-3 granny died of ovarian ca?

Exam: I would not recommend obtaining a ca-125 as it is a nonspecific test in patients without ovarian cancer. I would recommend a gynecologic exam. At your age, I would recommend a yearly breast exam. I would start obtaining mammograms at age 40. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What"s the recommended antibiotic to be given after a burst of an ovarian cyst?

What"s the recommended antibiotic to be given after a burst of an ovarian cyst?

Generally none.: Ovarian cysts are generally non-infectious in origin and mostly filled with with fluid and or blood. Antibiotics do not have a role in treating them, unless there was an identified infectious cause (tubo-ovarian abscess). ...Read more

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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap smear (cervical smear) is a text looking at the cells from the canal and outside of the cervix to see if any abnormalities (especially ...Read more


Cervical Smear (Definition)

A cervical smear or pap smear is a text looking at cells from the outside and canal of the cervi to see if ...Read more