Doctor insights on:
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
I had an abnormal pap smear. Would an undetected pregnancy cause it? I have to have a colposcopy done and I nervous about the result.
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
Keep getting abnormal pap smear but my colposcopy comes out normal just irritation. What can this mean?
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
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
Yes: I am not military, but this should not interfere with your ability to serve effectively. ...Read more
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