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I had a pap smear done and my gyn said i had abnormal cells. What could be the reasons for this?

I had a pap smear done and my gyn said i had abnormal cells. What could be the reasons for this?

Two things: Often, the abnormal normal cells are benign and also known as "reactive". If, on the other hand, they are not benign, the may represent changes related to hpv virus infection. There are different type of hpv and they have different implications. You may need additional treatment. Please discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. David Kurss
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Gynecology (Definition)

Gynecology is health care of women, particularly focused on women's reproductive health, but considering the whole woman. Typically health care is provided by physicians trained in obstetrics ...Read more


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Went for pap smear. Gyn said "well it doesn't look horrible" That was it. I know i have yeast inf but what did she mean by what she said?Im stressing.

Went for pap smear. Gyn said "well it doesn't look horrible" That was it. I know i have yeast inf but what did she mean by what she said?Im stressing.

Relax.: We try sometimes to be funny, & don't succeed. (If we were great comedians, we wouldn't have had to go to med school). So, I expect she was trying to make you comfortable. Next time, before you leave & worry, ask her to clarify. Call tomorrow & ask her to clarify anyway, to be sure of her meaning. A PAP smear result will take a week or so, & can be abnormal though you had a normal exam today. ...Read more

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My GYN called & said my Pap smear results were atrophic. She stated that this meant that she didn't collect enough cells & I have to have another test?

My GYN called & said my Pap smear results were atrophic. She stated that this meant that she didn't collect enough cells & I have to have another test?

Pap smears at 61: Without the use of estrogen in the vagina or otherwise, it is not uncommon to have an "atrophic" pap smear at age 61 as there is no vaginal cell stimulation by the hormone. The 2nd pap smear may also be atrophic. If you have had regular negative pap smears yearly, (3 or more) then new ACOG recommendations may forego the need for further testing. Talk to your GYN MD about this subject. ...Read more

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My gyn doc did a pap smear and said I bled during scraping - I could see blood as he spread it on smear plate, he said it won't obscure result. True?

My gyn doc did a pap smear and said I bled during scraping - I could see blood as he spread it on smear plate, he said it won't obscure result. True?

Is True: The Pap Smear examines the types of cells present on a glass slide. The additional blood cells can easily be distinguished from the other cell types on the slide. It is true that your results will not be affected. ...Read more

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Why does a gyn do a pap smear when a person had a total hysterectomy (cervix & ovaries also) i had one done & the results are abnormal sil?

Papsmears , hysterec: After a partial hysterectomy when the uterus is removed ; the neck of the uterus (cervix) remains u will need to continue pap smears. After a total hysterectomy when both the uterus and cervix are removed for a cancerous or precancerous condition, regular pap smears remain important. U can stop having pap smears, after a total hysterectomy for non cancerous condition. If u have lgsil, follow up. ...Read more

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Dryness and itching on labias, how can it be treated? Pap smear and gyn exam/lab done, no infection.

Dryness and itching on labias, how can it be treated? Pap smear and gyn exam/lab done, no infection.

Your doctor can help: Your gynecologist should have given you some medication to relieve the itching. If he/she has not been able to figure out what to do, you may benefit from seeing a dermatologist (skin specialist). There are many causes for itching in this area so a skin specialist can may be able to help you better. ...Read more

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I have large fibroid 5mnth pregnant look like .Gyn took pap smear and cervix biopsy , what was the purpose of the samples taken out of from inside .?

I have large fibroid 5mnth pregnant  look like .Gyn took pap smear and cervix  biopsy , what was the purpose of the samples taken out of from inside .?

Not related: The pap smear and cervical biopsy would not be related to the fibroid. A pap smear is done to detect precancerous cells on the cervix and prevent cervical cancer. A cervical biopsy is done because the pap smear was abnormal or because the doctor saw an abnormality there during the exam. Fibroids are very common benign uterine tumors. ...Read more

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Ok few weeks I when to see my ob/gyn doctor n had my regular pap smear what i'm concern I test it positive for herpes the doctor told it since I had for years but what im concern I never had n out break why is that.?

Ok few weeks I when to see my ob/gyn doctor n had my regular pap smear what i'm concern I test it positive for herpes the doctor told it since I had for years but what im concern I never had n out break why is that.?

Good immunity: There is wide variability in the frequency of recurrences. Good immune response is important in keeping outbreaks in check. Even though you do not have outbreaks you can still transmit infection, advise your sexual partner and use barrier protection. Consult the site below for more info. http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/herpes_recurrences.htm. ...Read more

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I had a pap smear my gyn said I have a lot of white discharge and it is not normal do I have a STD I have no burning or itches?

The one who...: ...Could correctly answer that question is the gynecologist who told you that the discharge is abnormal. It could be an std, vaginitis (an infection of the vagina), or yeast. S/he most likely took a sample and sent it for testing. I don't think a doctor is likely to tell you s/he found something abnormal and then not do anything to investigate. You need to follow up with him or her. ...Read more

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When pregnantnant, my meds were signed over to ob/gyn.Now the nurse said she wouldnt refill wellbutrin (bupropion) until i had a pap smear. Strange? Am no longer pregnant

When pregnantnant, my meds were signed over to ob/gyn.Now the nurse said she wouldnt refill wellbutrin (bupropion) until i had a pap smear. Strange?  Am no longer pregnant

Ouch...: I'm guessing that your office is forcing compliance by holding your meds hostage until recommended tests are done. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is a cat c drug (adverse effects on animal studies, no human studies, use if benefits outweigh risks). However, it's also a med that shouldn't be withheld if needed. Discuss this with your doc- ie, need for pap, reason for policy, & risks of med or withholding. Take care. ...Read more

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What should I expect at ob/gyn for pap smear and birth control pills?

See below: Birth control pills have no effect on a pap smear the pap smear tells the doctor if there is a chance of you having cancer in the cervizx or not hpv is a major cause of cervical cancer and it does show up in a pap smear. ...Read more

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I was dxed with a UTI on 12/23. I have a ob/gyn appt 12/30 for a pelvic exam/pap smear. Would the UTI effect this? Should i reschedule?

No problem: If you have a UTI now and are being treated, the infection should be gone by the time of your exam 12/30. Having just had a UTI will not interfere with an exam. ...Read more

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My monogamous a girlfriend of two years had an abnormal Pap smear. Her OB/GYN t said it's HPV. Now I'm worried every bump on my penis is a wart.

My monogamous a girlfriend of two years had an abnormal Pap smear.  Her OB/GYN t said it's HPV.  Now I'm worried every bump on my penis is a wart.

Checked as needed...: Being exposed to HPV doesn't mean contracting it and contracting it doesn't mean developing it, reflecting your personal unique two lines of defense: First, natural barriers-skin and mucosa; second, humoral immune ability if the first line is broken. So, just watch, wait, and see if a bump may grow in size or / & change in shape. If yes in either way, have doctor take a look so to decide. ...Read more

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Normal cytology, positive for hr hpv rna. Does the rna just mean the virus is active? Need additional testing to ensure pap didn't miss something?

Normal cytology, positive for hr hpv rna. Does the rna just mean the virus is active? Need additional testing to ensure pap didn't miss something?

Yes/no: Yes you have it in your system & no you don't need additional testing right now.These strains belong to a family of virus well known for hibernating for long periods in the tissues.You may shed virus off & on without any symptoms.If it ever starts a problem it might be decades from now, if you are one of the unlucky ones.Just do your regular testing as advised ...Read more

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Can a pap-smear hurt?

Can a pap-smear hurt?

No it does not hurt: It may be unconfortable for some but is not painful. ...Read more

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Does a pap smear hurt?

No: A good pelvic examiner can perform a pap smear with little or no discomfort. ...Read more

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What can pap smear pick up?

Abnormalities: The pap can detect abnormal cervical cells, the presence of some types of infections and the presence of some std's. ...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


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