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I had an abnormal pap smear. Would an undetected pregnancy cause it? I have to have a colposcopy done and I nervous about the result.

I had an abnormal pap smear. Would an undetected pregnancy cause it? I have to have a colposcopy done and I nervous about the result.

Abnormal pap: Abnormal paps are caused by inflammation, viruses or aging not pregnancy. You should have a colonoscopy to determine the cause of the abnormal pap and plan appropriate treatment.

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Can you get abnormal pap smear due to pregnancy?

Can you get abnormal pap smear due to pregnancy?

Sometimes...: During pregnancy there can be inflammation which can be interpreted as an abnormality by the pathologist. Sometimes women who carry the hpv virus can express it during pregnancy due to changes in immune response, and an abnormal pap smear can show up. It may resolve after delivery, but may need investigation during pregnancy with colposcopy and/or biopsy.

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Can you tell me about abnormal pap smear during pregnancy? What does this mean? Is it harmful to baby?

Can you tell me about abnormal pap smear during pregnancy? What does this mean? Is it harmful to baby?

Clarify: Consider re-asking and telling us what the actual abnormality was. Thanks.

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Can hsv 2 cause an abnormal pap smear.

Can hsv 2 cause an abnormal pap smear.

Pap test: Infections such as HSV, candida or trichomona can cause abnormalities in the epithelial cells that can mimic the changes seen in precancer lesions. Also they may accompany such lesions and warrant close search. Since HPV causes the precancer lesions and is also sexually transmitted many of the risk factors for one apply to the other.

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Can being pregnant cause an abnormal pap smear? Help please?

Can being pregnant cause an abnormal pap smear? Help please?

Hormonal changes.: During pregnancy the female hormonal levels are different than during a non-pregnant state. Hormones (like estrogen) have an impact on the appearance of the cervical lining (which is sampled in Pap tests). These hormonal changes can make the cervical cells look 'less mature'. This appearance of the cells is different but not 'abnormal' and should not be confused with pre-cancer or malignancy.

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What can cause an abnormal pap smear that isn't related to hpv or std?

What can cause an abnormal pap smear that isn't related to hpv or std?

Tell us the report: Nothing else can cause the abnormal PAP but tell us the grade/degree of abnormality. It may be mild changes which are meaningless. Check the grade of PAP report/changes

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Can birth control affect the results of my pap smear? Could my birth control pills cause an abnormal pap smear result? .

Can birth control affect the results of my pap smear? Could my birth control pills cause an abnormal pap smear result? .

No: Unless your birth control pills predispose you to yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis infections - then they could show either of those conditions. If you have abnormal, dysplasia on a pap - that is caused by human papilloma virus.

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Is it possible that a condom logged in cervix caused an abnormal pap smear?

Pap Testing: Nope. There is absolutely no way this scenario would lead to an abnormal pap result.

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Can a STD or STI cause a abnormal Pap smear?

Definitely yes: Abnormal pap smears are usually the result of cervical cells infected with a virus (human papilloma virus) that alters its machinery so it can produce more viruses.

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What could causes an abnormal pap smear?

What could causes an abnormal pap smear?

Many causes: Inflammation, precancerous changes usually due to hpv changes, hormonal changes (esp postmenopause), smoking!, and infectoins.

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I had two abnormal pap smear, what does that mean and what could be the cause of my test being abnormal?

"Abnormal" pap: The pap smear's "abnormal" status could be everything form a cervical infection from the human papilloma virus (HPV) to actual cervical cancer. Your MD needs to look at the area with a microscope on wheels (Colposcope) and take tissue samples to be certain as to what the cause is or not.

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Is an abnormal pap smear result of low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion, mild dysplasia present always caused by hpv?

No: HPV is associated with most but not all cases of cervical intraepithelial lesions. That is why Pap smear remains the gold standard for cervical cancer screening. The reverse is also true: not every HPV infection is associated with dysplasia

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My mom said that as a result of abnormal Pap smear, she had to get silver nitrate on her cervix. Was this caused by hpv?

You could ask: We would need to see the pap smear to comment on the specifics. Most abnormal pap smears are caused by HPV changes.

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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