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Can being on your period affect your pap smear results?

Can being on your period affect your pap smear results?

Yes: If the period is somewhat heavy, the blood can interfere with the ability to read the pap smear well, and may need to be repeated. With the newer liquid based smears, this is less likely to be a problem. ...Read more

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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


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I have my gyno checkup the same week as my period next week. Should I start my new pack of pills so my Pap smear results aren't altered?

I have my gyno checkup the same week as my period next week. Should I start my new pack of pills so my Pap smear results aren't altered?

You can: Yes, I would just stay on the active pills of the BCP pack and that way avoid your menses at that time. Do not take the sugar pills or placebo pills at the end of the first pack and just skip right to the active pills of the second pack. You can do this anytime you want to avoid having your menses (i.e. for a vacation). The liquid based Pap smears are not affected by light bleeding though. ...Read more

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I have NOT had my period in 15 years can I become pregnant, last gyno visit 2013 for pap smear, results negative 51 years of age?

I have NOT had my period in 15 years can I become pregnant, last gyno visit 2013 for pap smear, results negative   51 years of age?

Very unlikely: There are a few documented cases of women over 50 conceiving naturally, but virtually all have had regular periods in the recent past. Most of the remaining have become pregnant with the help of various fertility treatments. Can you become pregnant? Possibly but, given your menstrual history, it's unlikely even with reproductive assistance. Sorry. ...Read more

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Inflamed vagina in pap smear results, milky discharge for 5-10yrs, bleeding after intercourse 5yrs hurts so bad, bleed dark brown at end of period 6yrs, ?

Inflamed vagina in pap smear results, milky discharge for 5-10yrs, bleeding after intercourse 5yrs hurts so bad, bleed dark brown at end of period 6yrs, ?

Need to be examined: There are so many different things this can be from minor conditions to serious ones. You really need to be examined. If you do not get answers...Find a different doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have agus abnormal pap smear results?

What does it mean to have agus abnormal pap smear results?

Requires evaluation: Newer term is agc, atypical glandular cells. It means that the cervix and uterus (endometrium or lining of the uterus) require further evaluation by a gynecologist who will further test the cells to look for cancer. Follow up is important because caught early, this can be treated. Ignored, it can lead to cancer. Definitely don't panic, but be sure to follow up for additional tests without delay. ...Read more

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What does missing component of cervix mean in pap smear result?

What does missing component of cervix mean in pap smear result?

Often endocervical: Sometimes a pap smear only collects cells from the outer lays of the cervix (squamous cells) and not the inner layers of the cervix, the endocervical canal, which collects glandular cells. Both are required for a pap to be adqeuate. Often your health care provider will have you return for an attempt to sample the glandular cells as well. ...Read more

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Help. Last pap smear results came back saying superficial and intermediate squamous and parabasal cells. I have tested negative for h p v & 16/18.?

Normal: The elements you describe are normal elements in a gyn cytology exam. Negative hpv lessens the risk of dysplasia. Abnormal diagnosis would include atypical squamous or squamous intraepithelial neoplasia. ...Read more

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Pap smear results say normal/negative for interepithelial lesions or malignancy but also says reactive epithelial cell changes. What does that mean?

Pap smear results say normal/negative for interepithelial lesions or malignancy but also says reactive epithelial cell changes. What does that mean?

Nothing serious: The aim of pap test is to check for Cancer cells or pre-cancers. you have neither of these conditions. reactive is a non specific word saying the cells are not perfect, yet the reactive chnages are not of any consequence ...Read more

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Hi Dr should I be more worried if pap smear result showing endocervica cells present and HPV infection but it didn't mention the type?

Hi Dr should I be more worried if pap smear result showing endocervica cells present and HPV infection but it didn't mention the type?

Here are some ...: It's most logical and beneficial for you to bring this Q to your Gyn-doc for better collaboration and counseling for the present and future. Generally speaking, all you can and should do is having PAP smear more diligently and vigilantly than the average women so to observe: Life is a one-way street of accumulation, modification, and continuation with no looking-back. Best wish... ...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


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Menstrual Period (Definition)

Menstrual period is a medical term for the monthly bleeding ...Read more