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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

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