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Low Grade Abnormal Pap Smear
Can my low grade abnormal pap smear or birth control be a reason why I spot alittle during sex. how long will be be this way? Std negative also.
An abnormal Pap smear may indicate an infection or abnormal cells called dysplasia. Having an abnormal Pap smear does not always mean you have cancer. It can be caused by infeciton, STD's, HPV, trichomoniasis, herpes, inflammation, or pre-cancerous cells. It's important to have close follow-up with your physician to get the appropriate workup and testing if you have ...Read more
Had 3 low grade abnormal pap smears within 10 months with no colposcopy. Doctor wants to wait 6 months before rechecking. Suggestions? Have ms.
You should have : Colposcopy done to determine if there actually is cervical dysplasia present ( if there is no abnormal area on outside of cervix a scraping from just inside the cervix should be done that is called ecc for short). If your doctor does not know how to do colposcopy, it's time to see one that does. ...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
Is an abnormal pap smear result of low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion, mild dysplasia present always caused by hpv?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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