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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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Unable understand CYTOPATHOLOGY REPORT. "DEGENERATED ATYPICAL LYMPHOCYTES (SEE NOTE). *Poor cellular preservation prevents further evaluation.

Unable understand CYTOPATHOLOGY REPORT. "DEGENERATED ATYPICAL LYMPHOCYTES (SEE NOTE). *Poor cellular preservation prevents further evaluation.

Specimen Handling: This is not your abnormality, but the labs. Whoever prepared the slides for the pathologist to review did a poor job. You need this repeated. RJ ...Read more

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Does a woman still need a pap smear if she was a virgin and is only with one man (husband) now? When can she stop pap smears?

Yes now till age 65: All women should start having pap smears by age 21. If she never has an abnormal smear or any cervical dysplasia or cancer, paps normally are not needed after age 65. ...Read more

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Is it true hpv can clear itself? Positive for 15 yrs, paps still normal. Only one partner past 15 yrs. Can he have it and be reinfecting me? Confused

Is it true hpv can clear itself? Positive for 15 yrs, paps still normal. Only one partner past 15 yrs. Can he have it and be reinfecting me? Confused

Clearing/hibernating: HPV is a family of virus strains that can have an initial active period before they clear & go dormant or "hibernate" within an infected person indefinitely. Those strains affiliated with genital warts may respond to treatments or seem to clear, only to emerge again later. Non-wart strains associated with cancer can shed intermittently and emerge decades later with precancerous changes. ...Read more

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Had abnormal PAP tests last year now cycle has shortened last one only having 7 days between periods, both heavy + lasting 5days. What can cause this?

Had abnormal PAP tests last year now cycle has shortened last one only having 7 days between periods, both heavy + lasting 5days. What can cause this?

Hormonal imbalance: Your abnormal PAP and menstrual irregularities are likely to be unrelated. It would be prudent to consult your gynecologist as it may not be a suitable topic for this forum. You may wish to start taking oral iron supplements to prevent anemia from excessive bleeding. ...Read more

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Where does one get pap smears done?

Where does one get pap smears done?

Usually your : Doctor's office. Other sites that provide the service are, medical clinics, local city or county health department, college health center, family planning centers and women’s health services. ...Read more

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I need some advice on abnormal pap smears--never had one before?

I need some advice on abnormal pap smears--never had one before?

Needs follow-up: It needs to be checked. The viral assays are changing the protocols. The test is a screen for cervical cancer and pre-cancer and as such is very sensitive -- but please do get the follow-up your physician suggests. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of going for a pap smear? I am 17 and never had one.

What is the purpose of going for a pap smear? I am 17 and never had one.

Papsmear: Papsmear is a screening for cervical cancer. It is a test that tells the dr. Who is at risk of developing cervical cancer in the near future. Sometimes cervical cancers have been picked up through pap smears in people who have not had pap smears for a long time according to the recommendations . Your first papsmear should begin at age 21. You should get hpv vaccine. Please see your doctor as well. ...Read more

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Pap smear guidelines - when should your first one be, and then how often?

Pap smear guidelines - when should your first one be, and then how often?

Recent changes: A woman should have her first pap test at age 21, and every 3 years after that. Beginning at age 30, screening for hpv is added to the pap test. ...Read more

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I have been intimate with only one man in my life. Why is my pap smear abnormal?

I have been intimate with only one man in my life. Why is my pap smear abnormal?

Very common...: If your partner has ever been with another person, he could be an carrier. Hpv is so common that at least 50% of sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. Most people with hpv do not develop symptoms or health problems from it. In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears hpv naturally within two years. ...Read more

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What is a Pap Smear? Why is it so important to have one done. What does a Pap Smear determine?

What is a Pap Smear? Why is it so important to have one done. What does a Pap Smear determine?

Papanicolaou Smear: Human Papilloma Virus is a sexually transmitted disease which can lead to cervical cancer. The Pap smear is a screening tool so as to identify lesions that may be precancerous or have HPV identification as not all HPV strains cause cancer. IT is done with a pelvic exam and a speculum is used to identify the cervix-entry to the uterus. HPV vaccines are available-please talk to Gyn about this! ...Read more

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My dr still does Pap smear every year even though I've never had an abnormal one. Isn't it every three years?

My dr still does Pap smear every year even though I've never had an abnormal one. Isn't it every three years?

Yes.: PAP recommended every 3 yrs age 21-29 for avg. risk women. If at high risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease then screen more frequently. ACP recommends against performing screening pelvic exams. For further details see US Preventive Services Task Force website. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf11/cervcancer/cervcancerrs.htm ...Read more

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How often should a healthy, early 20s woman get a pap smear (assuming she's already had one and it came back normal)?

How often should a healthy, early 20s woman get a pap smear (assuming she's already had one and it came back normal)?

It depends.: Doctors generally recommend repeating Pap testing every 3 years for women ages 21-65. If you have risk factors such as weak immune system, HIV, exposure to DES before birth , your doctor may recommend more frequent Pap smears, regardless of your age. I hope this helps. I hope this helps. If you still have questions make a Virtual Appointment to contact with me at www.healthtap.com/dryetimyan ...Read more