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Doctor insights on: If You Have An Abnormal Pap Smear

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Is it okay to have sex if you have an abnormal pap smear?

Is it okay to have sex if you have an abnormal pap smear?

Yes: An abn pap can mean many things. With testing, your dr should be able to quickly tell you whether anything further needs to be done, such as a biopsy or colposcopy (looking at the cervix using a magnifying scope). You won't give your partner cancer. However, keep in mind that cervical cancer (one reason for an abn pap) is caused by the hpv virus, which is contagious and can also cause warts. ...Read more

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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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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My doctor told me if you have an abnormal Pap smear you automatically have a strain of hpv. Is that true ?

My doctor told me if you have an abnormal Pap smear you automatically have a strain of hpv. Is that true ?

HPV: “Almost all abnormal Pap smear results are caused by HPV. “ This is per: http://www.cancerscreening.gov.au/internet/screening/publishing.nsf/Content/EFAA19DECAA2111ACA2574EB007F73AF/$File/pap-smear.pdf ** This article is a great source of info. ...Read more

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What happens when you have an abnormal pap smear?

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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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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Is it safe to have sex when you have an abnormal pap smear?

Is it safe to have sex when you have an abnormal pap smear?

Yes: Depenmds what the abnoraml pap smear is i assume it is not cervical cancer or severe pre- cancer, if u want advice about exactly what your pap menas and hwat txment is required of any I have an offcie inb coral springs , fl., if you wnat to drive up , I am a board certified obgyn and have been in s fla since 1991 and know am an expert regarding abnormal pap smears. ...Read more

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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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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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Just received a letter from the doctor saying that I have an abnormal pap smear. What could it mean?

Need more info: There are multiple levels of abnormalities of pap smears. Most just require continued follow-up with yearly pap smear. If the abnormality is more severe it may require colposcopic examination, biopsy or conization. It would be prudent to discuss the results with your doctor who has more details about the results and your health. ...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

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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I have an abnormal pap smear. Hpv was found at high risk. What does that mean? Do I have cervical cancer? What happens if I become pregnant?

I have an abnormal pap smear. Hpv was found at high risk. What does that mean? Do I have cervical cancer? What happens if I become pregnant?

Need for follow-up: You do not have cancer but have higher than normal risk for cancer. You should get PAP smears done yearly, more frequently if your doctor suggests. Pregnancy would be okay, but make sure that you are taking pre-natal vitamins and keep in touch with your doctor for care throughout pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is an abnormal pap smear?

Needs follow-up: There are various grades of abnormalities on pap smear. Generally an abnormal smear means that some of the cells are at risk of becoming cancerous. It is important to follow-up an abnormal pap smear with repeat testing and/or additional tests, such as colposcopy and/or biopsy. ...Read more

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What does an abnormal pap smear mean ?

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 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 could causes an abnormal pap smear?

What could causes an abnormal pap smear?

Many causes: Inflammation, precancerous changes usually due to hpv changes, hormonal changes (esp postmenopause), smoking!, and infectoins. ...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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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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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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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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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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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