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Will I end up having cervical cancer I have been having pain in my lower abdomen were my cervix and uturus is. I have had my IUD in for three years now. I had a pap smear a few weeks ago and the doctor said that my IUD is in good place and seems to be d

Will I end up having cervical cancer I have been having pain in my lower abdomen were my cervix and uturus is. I have had my IUD in for three years now. I had a pap smear a few weeks ago and the doctor said that my IUD is in good place and seems to be d

You: You need to discuss the results of your pap smear with your doctor again so you better understand what was found. Sometimes a test is done with the pap smear to determine if the cerix is infected with a strain of hpv that would put you at a higher risk for cancer and sometimes a special examination of the cervix called a colposcopy is needed to double check the area. Thankfully, many, many women who have abnormal cells will not develop cancer. ...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


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Please tell me what are pap-smear/ cervical smear like?

Please tell me what are pap-smear/ cervical smear like?

Pelvic exam: It can be part of a routine pelvic / gynecologic exam. The feet are placed in footrests, a speculum is placed into the vagina, then a small brush is used to collect some cells from the mouth of the uterus (the cervix). ...Read more

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If a Pap smear didn't contain cervical cells, would t say inadequate sample and make you redo it?

If a Pap smear didn't contain cervical cells, would t say inadequate sample and make you redo it?

PAP report: Yes, the PAP smear report would indicate whether or not the specimen was adequate for them to analyze. If not, then the procedure would have to be repeated, I am sorry to say. ...Read more

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Had a Pap smear and it didn't hurt. Would the report say if the sample was adequate? Can they see if there are cervical cells on the sample?

Had a Pap smear and it didn't hurt. Would the report say if the sample was adequate? Can they see if there are cervical cells on the sample?

PAP report: PAP smears should never really hurt, so I am happy to hear you have a great healthcare provider. Yes, the PAP smear report would indicate whether or not the specimen was adequate for them to analyze. ...Read more

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Will a pap smear show if there are abnormal cells of the cervix?

Will a pap smear show if there are abnormal cells of the cervix?

Yes: Yes, a pap smear is a routine screening test recommended for all females of certain age groups.

During a pap smear, your physician swabbed your cervix and has sent the specimen to the pathologist who will assess for the presence of any abnormal cells. Speak to your doctor about the test results. ...Read more

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

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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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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I am due for my pap smear (cervical smear) tommorow but I might reschedule because my discharge is heavy?

I am due for my pap smear (cervical smear) tommorow but I might reschedule because my discharge is heavy?

Call your doc: You may need cultures to r/o infection, even with a discharge u can do a thin prep or sure path pap. ...Read more

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

You mean missing end: Endo cervical componenet that means they were no endocervical cells seen I assume that is what u mean, when u do a pap u get cells form the outside of the cx. And up teh endo cx. ...Read more

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At my pap smear the dr said when he touched my cervix it bled easily. What can cause this?

At my pap smear the dr said when he touched my cervix it bled easily. What can cause this?

Ask the doctor: Your own doctor can probaly answer this better. Normally a cervix would not bleed unless the procedure was more vigorous than unsually done. But do follow up with your gynecologist and check the pap results with him/her. ...Read more

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Do you need to undergo a cervical pap smear even if you haven't had sex since you last had one?

Maybe: You should ask your doc but likely yes. The suggestion is every several years if you have had normal apps. However, since you may have previously been exposed to hpv then the abnormalities can come up years later. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Last time I had a pap smear, my nurse commented that my cervix was "way back there." what does that mean?

Last time I had a pap smear, my nurse commented that my cervix was "way back there." what does that mean?

Nothing: Human anatomy varies, including the angle of the uterus and the length of the vagina. If your gynecologist didn't say anything's amiss, forget the episode. ...Read more

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About 6 months ago I was told during my pap smear that my cervix has started to close. What does that mean?

About 6 months ago I was told during my pap smear that my cervix has started to close. What does that mean?

Normal: As some women get older their cervix starts to close and this is a normal process. This is called cervical stenosis if it closes more narrow than normal or completely closes. Sometimes the stenosis can be bad enough to impede menstrual flow and can cause increased cramping during menses. ...Read more

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My last Pap smear was abnormal it was 5 years ago and didn't follow up I'm scare that now I have cervical cance since I touch 3 small lump on mycervix?

Get PAP: From what you described, it is unlikely that you have cervical cancer. However, you must get a repeat PAP test done and follow your doctor's advice for treatment and follow-up tests. ...Read more

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My doctor found blood on my cervix during a pap smear?

My doctor found blood on my cervix during a pap smear?

Result of PAP smear: Blood on cervix can be seen in time of period, can be seen because cervix has erosions or ulcers.
Evaluation of your pap smear is very important to rule out cervical intraepithelial lesion, low or high grade. Endometrial cells in women after 40 y. Should be reported for appropriate follow up (to rule out endometrial hyperplasia or neoplasia). ...Read more

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Had Pap smear dr inserted speculum but said my cervix kept moving is that normal

Pap smears: Some paps are easy some are hard. The size of the patient, the skill of the doctor, the size of the speculum, the size of the vagina, pelvic organ prolapse and many other factors can impact the ease of a pap ...Read more

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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 didn't 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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If I had a pap smear a year ago could I have cervical cancer?

If I had a pap smear a year ago could I have cervical cancer?

Not likely: If the pap was negative, it is unlikely that you would develop cancer within the year. The recommendations of a pap every year are based on the odds of changes occurring over that time frame. ...Read more

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If your pap smear comes back abnormal, will you get cervical cancer?

Not necessarily: Pap test is a screening test. If it is abnormal it does not mean cancer in every case. You need to go back and see your gynecologist. He/she can explain the cause. There are many precancerous conditions which can go away with time. Most such changes resolve on their own and rarely are indicative of cancer development over a period of many years. ...Read more

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How long does cervical cancer take to develop? Last pap smear 3 years ago

It varies: The recommendations is to do an annual pap smear as it helps in early diagnosis and possible curative intervention if the cervical cancer is detected early. Do not wait longer. Prevention and early intervention in this disease can make a big difference in this disease outcomes. ...Read more

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How can pap smear be abnormal if no cervix? Does hyst remove risk from hpv?

How can pap smear be abnormal if no cervix? Does hyst remove risk from hpv?

Vaginal pap: The hpv virus has many subtypes. The transition zone of the cervix is where they are most active, but they can also act on the wall of the vagina. Vaginal dysplasia and cancer are more rare than cervical, but they still are screened for using a pap smear. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a negative cervical biopsy but abnormal pap smear?

Biopsy is the final: A cervix biopsy is more reliabe than a pap smear. So a negative biopsy means that there is no cancer seen from where the biopsy was taken. Your doctor can make it clear if you ask him/her. ...Read more

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Why do you have to get a pap cervical smear if your a virgin and are not sexually active?

There are other...: ...Causes of cervical cancer, besides hpv. Both the american cancer society and the the american college of obstetricians & gynecologists recommend that all women have an initial pap smear by the age of 21, regardless of whether or not they've had sexual intercourse. How often you have them after that will depend on when you do become sexually active. ...Read more

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Pap smear test result is Mild Inflammtory cervical smear. I want to know what does it's mean. Pls reply to me. .

This report is norma: Inflammatory cells are white cells which roam around in our body. So you do not need to worry about this report. Pap is done as a screen for Cervix Cancer. So we look for atypical cells or any precancer like changes, but you do not have any of that in your report. ...Read more

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...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