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How often is it suggested to have a colposcopy if you had an abnormal pap smear?

How often is it suggested to have a colposcopy if you had an abnormal pap smear?

Depends: Depends on the abnormality found, if the pap shows abnormal cells with high risk hpv types, then coloposcopy is indicated. If the pap shows anything more abnormal such as low grade or high grade dysplasia, then colposcopy is performed. Generally, colposcopy is performed at the most every 6 months depending on the level of dysplasia. ...Read more

Dr. Kenneth Crabb
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Colposcopy (Definition)

It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which ...Read more


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Just found out not too long ago that I had an abnormal pap smear do I have to have a colposcopy?

Just found out not too long ago that I had an abnormal pap smear do I have to have a colposcopy?

Depends: There are various grades of abnormalities in pap smears. Mild abnormality, especially if you are hpv negative, may be followed by repeat pap. More severe abnormality may prompt colposcopy and biopsy. Follow your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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Is the next step colposcopy if you have an abnormal pap smear?

Is the next step colposcopy if you have an abnormal pap smear?

Depends: The recommendation for colposcopy depends on the specific pap result as well as the age of the patient and in some cases hpv status. In many cases, a repeat pap smear at 6 months is appropriate. ...Read more

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Should I be worried that I have an abnormal pap smear? And have to go to a colposcopy clinic

Should I be worried that I have an abnormal pap smear? And have to go to a colposcopy clinic

Try not to: The colposcopy will really tell you if there is anything significant to worry about. Many cervix changes will get better over time as well, but the colposcopy is needed to find out what is really happening. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean by abnormal pap smear and then after colposcopy, it's normal?

Abnormal clls on PAP: This likely means that there are abnormal cells on your pap smear, and that colposcopy found nothing. But you will need and hopefully got a cervical biopsy during your colposcopy, and another pap next year at the earliest if your biopsy was negative. It is not normal, but it probably does not have enough evidence that there is neoplasia/pre-cancer. Keep close follow-up with your dr. To be sure. ...Read more

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Keep getting abnormal pap smear but my colposcopy comes out normal just irritation. What can this mean?

Keep getting abnormal pap smear but my colposcopy comes out normal just irritation. What can this mean?

HPV vaccine: If the PAP results are abnormal, it is important that you get regular follow-up tests.
You are young enough to take HPV vaccine, which prevents most HPV related diseases. ...Read more

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I have a mild abnormal pap smear, dr. Did not give me detail he just said come back for a colposcopy. What does it mean to have a mild abnormal pap?

I have a mild abnormal pap smear, dr. Did not give me detail he just said come back for a colposcopy. What does it mean to have a mild abnormal pap?

Need for examination: Colposcopy will allow the doctor to examine the cervix in more detail and s/he may take a biopsy to resolve the abnormality in the PAP test. It does not mean you have cancer, just that abnormality needs to be investigated.
You are young enough that you should take HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Had abnormal pap smear and then a colposcopy. Went back a year later and no abnormal cells present. Does this mean I have HPV?

You had HPV now gone: Abnormal cells of the cervix always means HPV; you can be sure you had HPV at the time of your abnormal pap and colposcopy. With your pap smear now normal, it is likely that the underlying HPV infection also has cleared up. Confirm with the doctor who treated you. Also ask her about getting vaccinated to reduce the risk of future infections with high-risk and wart-causing HPV strains. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had few abnormal pap smear&colposcopy showed minor changes, had few more paps came back abnormal with HPV got to have another colposcopy can you help?

Had few abnormal pap smear&colposcopy showed minor changes, had few more paps came back abnormal with HPV got to have another colposcopy can you help?

Colposcopy best: Colposcopy is the best way to evaluate abnormal pap smears. Fortunately women in their 20's can fight off hpv infections without specific treatment but it may take 1-2 years to do so. So long as no high grade changes are seen, one can just wait it out. ...Read more

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Can you donate eggs if you had an abnormal pap smear with mild abnormalities?

Can you donate eggs if you had an abnormal pap smear with mild abnormalities?

Yes: Please speak with your doctor and get clearance to donate from your gyn. Most people with mild abnormalities will just need to be followed by their gyn - only a few will progress to severe abnormalities or cancer. ...Read more

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I have had an abnormal pap smear what does that mean?

I have had an abnormal pap smear what does that mean?

It depends.: A pap smear is a test used to screen for cervical cancer, where a doc takes a sample of cells from the cervix. There is a wide range of abnormal results. Some pap tests come back showing you have a virus called hpv which is extremely common in sexually active women. Pap smears can also show that the cells of the cervix themselves are abnormal, showing pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. ...Read more

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I had an abnormal pap smear low grade. Does this mean cancer?

I had an abnormal pap smear low grade. Does this mean cancer?

Not cancer: If your pap smear shows LSIL, which stands for low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion, most doctors will not do anything immediately. You will probably be asked to come back in six months for another pap smear to see if the lesions are still present. In many cases, the lesions disappear over time and there are no further problems. If you return for your second pap smear and the finding is still present, you will probably be advised to have a coloposcopy done. A coloposcopy is a procedure performed in a doctor's office and is typically the first step in diagnosing cervical cancer ...Read more

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Have you ever had an abnormal pap smear that was not cancer or precancer?

There are ASCUS.: There are such smear results that are ascus (atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance) which is to say that they do not look normal, but they can't be called cancer or precancer either. Infection and inflammation are common sources. The pap test is repeated in 12 months or 6-12 months for those younger and older than 20 respectively. A reflex hpv-dna test can be done in adults. ...Read more

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Can you try for a baby even if you've had an abnormal pap smear?

Yes: An abnormal pap smear is not a contraindication for pregnancy. You should continue to have testing on a regular basis and follow the advice of your doctor. ...Read more

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I've never bad an abnormal Pap smear-- is that really uncommon? How can in have never had an abnormal pap despite having different partners?

Abnormal pap: First let me congratulate you on getting regular pap smears. Never having an abnormal pap smear means that either you have never had HPV or that your body has cleared itself. This is not unusual in women under thirty. This is why the new guidelines from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology now has us not treat simple HPV infections in women under thirty. Use condoms, safe sex. ...Read more

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I had an abnormal pap smear and I don't have HPV so should I be concerned? I'm only 22 and the doctor said i'll need another one in 6 months.

Yes: You should be concerned enough to follow through with the recommended recheck. You should not be worried, because even if something develops that needs to be treated, it will be found and treated long before it can become a major problem. A little inconvenience now will preclude a big problem later. The women who do have the big issues (cervical cancer) are those who do not follow up as needed. ...Read more

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Had an abnormal pap smear my doctor wants to do a biopsy on my cell in my cervix what does that mean?

Cervical biopsy: The cervix is at the base of the uterus. The doctor would remove a small piece of tissue so that it can be examined. ...Read more

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I have recently had an abnormal pap smear and it could be hpv. I am married, should I be having sex or unprotected sex? This is the first abnormal pap smear that I have ever had.

I have recently had an abnormal pap smear and it could be hpv. I am married, should I be having sex or unprotected sex? This is the first abnormal pap smear that I have ever had.

If: If you are married and have had unprotected sex with your husband up until now, and you test positive for hpv, the odds of him having it are very high. Hpv is very common; it is estimated that 1/3-4 people are carriers of the virus. There are many different strains, some more harmful than others, the most worrisome for you are the strains that cause cervival cancer. Your doctor can explain the specifics (there are many).
This is a very tricky situation because there is no screening test for men to check for hpv, but like I said the odds of him having the same hpv type as you are high. If you both are monogamous then I would say that condoms are not necessary. If you ever have another partner, then yes a condom is recommended to prevent further spread.
There is a lot of information on this topic, and every situation is different. I suggest you make a list of questions for your doctor when you return for your results.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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My last vaginal swab showed candida and leucocytes. I had an abnormal Pap smear last year. Are the white blood cells anything to worry about?

My last vaginal swab showed candida and leucocytes. I had an abnormal Pap smear last year. Are the white blood cells anything to worry about?

Have STD tests: Leukocytes (WBC) are usually not prominent with yeast infection (Candida) and often are evidence of other infections, especially STDs. Ask for testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas if not yet done. What kind of abnormal pap? If any doubt, talk to doctor about possible cervical biopsy to re-check for cancer or pre-cancerous changes, which also can cause increased leukocytes. ...Read more

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I had an abnormal pap smear and I had to go for a biopsy this morning. The doctor saw white spots on my cervix. Does this mean I have cancer? I'm 25

I had an abnormal pap smear and I had to go for a biopsy this morning. The doctor saw white spots on my cervix. Does this mean I have cancer? I'm 25

Don't know: I don't know since the biopsy results are not in yet. White spots on the cervix at colposcopy can also be due to non "cancerous CIN (Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia/Dysplasia). Await the results and talk to your MD about them. ...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.

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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My wife had an abnormal Pap smear result + hpv 18 diagnosis. Worried about throat cancer, and have a recurring ear ache. How do I get screened?

My wife had an abnormal Pap smear result + hpv 18 diagnosis. Worried about throat cancer, and have a recurring ear ache. How do I get screened?

Exam for throat canc: Sorry to hear about your wife's diagnosis. You can be screened by a board certified ENT with an in office fiber optic scope to rule out any throat disorder. Hope this helps answer your question
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What does an abnormal pap smear mean?

Depends: It depends what the pathologist has said as to why it is abnormal. In any case a follow up is needed with your doctor and further pap tests required ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an abnormal pap smear?

What does it mean to have an abnormal pap smear?

Depends on severity: Depending on the severity of abnormality, it may just require retesting sooner than the usual 1-3 years. Hpv testing may be warranted. If abnormality is high grade, it may require colposcopic examination and biopsy. ...Read more

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What exactly does having an abnormal pap smear mean?

What exactly does having an abnormal pap smear mean?

More vigilance: Depending on the severity of the abnormality it may require as little as continuing annual paps; colposcopic examination, may be a biopsy, and in very severe cases removal of a cone of the cervix. ...Read more

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Does an abnormal pap smear mean I have hpv?

Depends: Abnormal pap smear can be due to low grade infection also. Hpv testing can be done to find and confirm hpv infection. ...Read more

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Can an abnormal pap smear be due to candida?

See below: Candida casues the nucllei to be slightly enlarged and thedn the pap smear may be misread but it does not cause relayy abnormal pap smears. ...Read more

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Can being pregnant cause an abnormal pap smear? Help please?

Hormonal changes.: During pregnancy the female hormonal levels are different than during a non-pregnant state. Hormones (like estrogen) have an impact on the appearance of the cervical lining (which is sampled in Pap tests). These hormonal changes can make the cervical cells look 'less mature'. This appearance of the cells is different but not 'abnormal' and should not be confused with pre-cancer or malignancy. ...Read more

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If you have hpv, will you get an abnormal pap smear right away?

HPV is tricky: Hpv can show up on your pap smear quickly or years later. The good news: healthy young women may clear hpv. The bad news: some will progress to cancer. Men have no symptoms and you can even get hpv through a condom. If any of his past girl friends have had a bad pap smear or been to the gyn a lot for unknown reasons, do not have sex with him until you are married. He is not worth the risk. ...Read more

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How will I know what does an abnormal pap smear mean while pregnant?

See below: Sometimes Folic Acid deficiency causes the pap to be slightly abnormal and misread I would ask my OB gyn about that and see if you should take folate (folic acid) and repeat the pap. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I came out with an abnormal pap smear? And is bad can it mean that I have some type of infection or anything more serious?

Cannot say: Am abnormal pap smear can mean anything from a reactive change to cancer. Without a diagnosis or more information it is impossible to say what 'abnormal' means in this case. See your provider for more information of what your result means for you. ...Read more

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Can you have an abnormal pap smear just because you are newly pregnant?

No: An abnormal pap smear and the status of hpv (positive or negative human papilloma virus) is one issue. Pregnancy is a separate issue, though both may occur at the same time. ...Read more

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What could an abnormal pap smear mean?

What could an abnormal pap smear mean?

PAP smear: Definition of abnormal pap smear is too broad. It depends on the type of the abnormality detected. In any case any abnormal pap smear should be taken seriously and the obgyn should be contacted immediately. ...Read more

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What happens when you have an abnormal pap smear?

Colposcopy.: If your pap smear is abnormal, you are scheduled for colposcopy to see where the abnormal lesion is on your cervix. Acetic acid is added and the lesion shows up as a white patch. Then a procedure like cone or leep biopsy is done and this is examined by a pathologist, who evaluates the lesion. Depending on the result, the next step is determined by you and you doctor. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the reasons for an abnormal pap smear?

Need expert help here. What are the reasons for an abnormal pap smear?

HPV infection: Infection with the sexually transmitted virus, hpv, is the commonest cause. Other issues are smoking, other sexually transmitted infections, hormonal imbalance and genetic susceptibility. Visit this site for more info.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/std/hpv/pap/. ...Read more

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Can I still join the army if I have an abnormal pap smear result?

Yes: I am not military, but this should not interfere with your ability to serve effectively. ...Read more

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Can hsv 2 cause an abnormal pap smear.

Pap test: Infections such as HSV, candida or trichomona can cause abnormalities in the epithelial cells that can mimic the changes seen in precancer lesions. Also they may accompany such lesions and warrant close search. Since HPV causes the precancer lesions and is also sexually transmitted many of the risk factors for one apply to the other. ...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