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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 had 3 bacterial infections in the last year. Normal pap smear but abnormal bleeding and pain during sex. Bleeding never stops. What's the cause?

I have had 3 bacterial infections in the last year. Normal pap smear but abnormal bleeding and pain during sex. Bleeding never stops. What's the cause?

Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful comment without physical examination and lab tests and imaging, if the latter are needed. Please consult your doctor to avoid further damage to your organs. Any bleeding should be taken seriously. ...Read more

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Can a pap smear cause irregular bleeding?

Can a pap smear cause irregular bleeding?

yes: Scraping the cervix to do a pap can cause bleeding after the exam. A day later there should be no further bleeding. ...Read more

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I had a pap smear done on Thursday (10/8/15) and during the pap I had a lot of bleeding. What could this mean??

I had a pap smear done on Thursday (10/8/15) and during the pap I had a lot of bleeding. What could this mean??

Bleeding: the most common cause is a friable cervix (bleeds easily) and this can be due to pregnancy, infection, trauma from sex and hormonal changes. Other causes include cervicitis (STD), polyps and the most common cause is idiopathic (meaning no specific reason or cause) ...Read more

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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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What causes break through bleeding that stops and starts for a month or more? Last preg test negative and stds test negative and pap smear cleared.

What causes break through bleeding that stops and starts for a month or more? Last preg test negative and stds test negative and pap smear cleared.

Break thru bleeding: If you are on oral birth control you should review with your gyn to change the pill you are taking If you are not then you still should review with your gyn to have her/him check your hormones ...Read more

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What causes bleeding in between periods? Its not heavy and pap smear and STD tests came out normal.

What causes bleeding in between periods? Its not heavy and pap smear and STD tests came out normal.

Intermenstrual bleed: Bleeding in between periods may be normal in most patients if it if an occasional event. It may be caused by hormonal fluctuations of your body. Polyps and fibroids may also cause spotting. Persistent spotting will need to be checked out. ...Read more

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Bright red light bleeding one week after Pap smear with mild cramps. Post menepasal had irregular pap two years ago one of two strains of hpv?

Bright red light bleeding one week after Pap smear with mild cramps. Post menepasal  had irregular pap two years ago one of two strains of hpv?

Pap results: Contact your Obgyn and find out the pap smear results. Since you have tested positive for HPV this is important information. Also ask if any abnormalities were found during your examination. If your cramping continues schedule a follow up exam for testing ...Read more

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On diane-35 for almost 4 yrs, in the past year have had breakthrough bleeding. Sti test came back clear, pap smear aug 2012 clear. Possible cause?

On diane-35 for almost 4 yrs, in the past year have had breakthrough bleeding. Sti test came back clear, pap smear aug 2012 clear. Possible cause?

Further testing: Oral contraceptives are known to cause breakthrough bleeding. I would talk to your gp or obgyn about that and perhaps you will need some more testing done (ultrasound) to determine if there is a cause for that besides that of diane. ...Read more

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At my last pap smear, about 6 months ago. The doctor told me the pap was normal but she stated I should see a specialist because the docotor stated during the exam she could see a tag. What's that? When my husband & i are having sex I have bleeding. What

At my last pap smear, about 6 months ago. The doctor told me the pap was normal but she stated I should see a specialist because the docotor stated during the exam she could see a tag. What's that? When my husband & i are having sex I have bleeding. What

The : The doctor may be referring to a mucosal skin tag or a pedunculated polyp. The best way to address the bleeding during intercourse is to see the specialist as recommended. That provider can determine what it is and provide an appropriate solution. Take care. ...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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Postcoital bleeding most times wen dry for over a yr, no std, pap smear and pelvic exam are normal, what could be the cause, becoming a bother :/?

Postcoital bleeding most times wen dry for over a yr, no std, pap smear and pelvic exam are normal, what could be the cause, becoming a bother :/?

Lubricant: If you have had a negative pelvic exam this may simply be due to trauma to the mucosal wall of the vagina because of lack of lubrication. There are numerous OTC products available. Check Amazon, CVS, etc. Also, Cosmopolitan magazine has had articles about this. Good luck and I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Poistcoital bleeding, no std, pelvic exam and pap smear are normal only bacterial vaginosis, i don't bleed on second rounds, what is the cause?

Poistcoital bleeding, no std, pelvic exam and pap smear are normal only bacterial vaginosis, i don't bleed on second rounds, what is the cause?

Cervicitis?: Postcoital bleeding often means cervicitis, which often goes along with BV. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas are common causes, but most cervicitis has unknown causes. Ask your doctor if you have cervicitis; about the newer DNA test for trich (the older microscope exam and culture miss many cases); and maybe trying antibiotics. Anyway, keep working on it; the answer shouldn't be difficult. ...Read more

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Sporadic light intermenstrual bleeding. Not pregnant, no STI, pap smear & pelvic US normal. Could it just be caused by my contraceptive pill?

Sporadic light intermenstrual bleeding. Not pregnant, no STI, pap smear & pelvic US normal. Could it just be caused by my contraceptive pill?

If you are not: taking the pills at the same time each day or forget to take it then yes you get breakthrough bleeding. Otherwise being on bcp does not necessarily cause bleeding between periods. Other causes such as cervical infections , trauma to the cervix or a polyp of the cervix or a fibroid tumor of the uterus all needs to be checked out. ...Read more

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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

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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