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Can a pap smear turn out abnormal if I just had miscarriage?

Can a pap smear turn out abnormal if I just had miscarriage?

Possible: A Pap smear is from a sample of cells from the cervix and they can be affected by pregnancy and can be contaminated by cell from the uterus. However abnormal is ABNORMAL therefore should discuss with doctor because other tests may be needed and at minimum repeat PAP ...Read more

Dr. Seth Derman
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Miscarriage (Definition)

A "lay" term for early pregnancy loss usually prior to the second trimester. Physician's use the term "spontaneous abortion" to describe these events, but the word "abortion" in lay use has come to connote only ...Read more


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Can a pap smear turn out abnormal (atypical epithelial cells, neg hpv) if I just had miscarriage 3 weeks before?

Can a pap smear turn out abnormal (atypical epithelial cells, neg hpv) if I just had miscarriage 3 weeks before?

Yes, ....: It is not uncommon to have abnormal PAP as reported without detectable HPV. Hence, follow the further advice from your current doctor since s/he knows more about you than anyone on line. ...Read more

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During pap smear my dr said my cervix was tender is this cause of miscarriage or chlamydia?

Unsure: Chlamydia would make the cervix sensitive, friable, and possibly painful or tender. A miscarriage is not likely to affect the cervix that way. ...Read more

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Can paps smear on the first/second week of pregnancy cause miscarriage??

Can paps smear on the first/second week of pregnancy cause miscarriage??

Very very rare: A normal screening PAP should not cause any significant damage to any structures. It is a mild scraping or brushing of the ecto-cervix, outside,and not the canal or endo, inside structures. A PAP smear is indicated as part of a routine exam for pregnancy. Normally at a pregnancy exam a PAP, cultures of the vagina and cervix are taken. One should refrain from alcohol and tobacco. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will having a miscarriage cause an abnormal pap?

Possibly: There are different types of abnormal pap smears. Some abnormala like lgsil or hgsil are associated with the hpv or the human papilloma virus. Others paps smears are ascus (atypical) and may or may not have hpv present. A very recent miscarriage with bleeding or inflammation present may result in an atypical pap at times. If no hpv is present the pap can be repeated. ...Read more

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Passed a sac and took a hCG blood test 3 wks later that was <2. Had abnormal pap as well. Could miscarriage cause abnormal pap? Did I miscarry?

Passed a sac and took a hCG blood test 3 wks later that was <2. Had abnormal pap as well. Could miscarriage cause abnormal pap? Did I miscarry?

Yes miscarriage: Based on the history you give, then you have had a miscarriage. The miscarriage most likely did not cause an abnormal pap and you should still follow up with your gynecologist to evaluate this abnormal pap. ...Read more

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Tingling sensation+blood in urine. Passed sac w/white tissue 4wks later. Took hCG blood test 3wks later was <2. Had abnormal pap. Miscarriage?

Tingling sensation+blood in urine. Passed sac w/white tissue 4wks later. Took hCG blood test 3wks later was <2. Had abnormal pap. Miscarriage?

Possible: You have asked this previously, and there is no way in which to be more specific without having examined the discharged tissue and obtaining a full history and exam. ...Read more

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What is a pap smear?

What is a pap smear?

Screen for cancer: Named for its discoverer george papanicolaou, cells from the cervix of the uterus are smeared onto a glass slide, stained, and examined under the microscope for cancer or precancer ("dysplasia"; "intraepithelial lesion"). This enables detection of the vast majority of cervical cancers -- once the greatest cancer killer of young women -- while still easy to cure. ...Read more

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What is a pap smear?

What is a pap smear?

A cancer screen: A pap smear is a screening test used to detect cervical cancer and precancer. ...Read more

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How important is pap smear?

How important is pap smear?

Could be very.: The pap smear is a way to find cervical cancer before it becomes serious. Cervical cancer is a sexually transmitted disease and young women are at highest risk of the disease. If you have had abnormal paps, infection with the hpv virus or multiple sex partners you may be at risk for cervical cancer and should have discussion about appropriate screening with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it to get a pap smear imporant?

Life saving for some: The current recommendations can vary depending on age, however it appropriate for a woman age 21 to 65 to have pap smears every three years as long as they are normal. After a hysterectomy and/or after age 65 a women with a history of normal paps does not ever need another pap. Every woman should still have an annual exam. ...Read more

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Is the pap smear supposed to be painful?

No not ususally: It depends on who is doing it, how big your vagina is what size speculum is used what your pain threshold is, but it should only usually be not painful or only mildly uncomfortable, sometimes it is painful if you have a specific problem. ...Read more

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Is there a way for your pap smear not to hurt?

Yes: Pap smear is uncomfortable because it is not in a very comfortable area. However, there are definitely ways to decrease the discomfort. The pain is caused by the speculum and pressure from the stretching as it opens the area for a pap smear to be done. If the speculum is properly warmed and not too large and if more time is given to slowly open the speculum, the discomfort is less. ...Read more

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What are pap smear callbacks and how are they triggered?

Abnormal or insuff?: The most common reason for a patient to be called back is that the pap is abnormal or atypical. In this case either a colposcopy may be done or the pap may be repeated a few months later to see if it is still abnormal. Another reason to be called back is that there were insufficient cells in the sample and another one needs to be sent. ...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 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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Can pap smear affect mucus from pill?

Can pap smear affect mucus from pill?

No: Obviously if a pap smear is done too aggressively, it could cause temporary changes, perhaps a bit of blood, in cervical mucus. However, there is no intrinsic reason for a change in mucus from a pap smear. ...Read more

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What does an abnormal pap smear mean?

What does an abnormal pap smear mean?

Depends: It depends on 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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How long do you spot after a pap smear?

How long do you spot after a pap smear?

Varies: Many women will have a small amount of spotting after a pap smear. That is common and normal. ...Read more

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Is it normal to spot after a pap smear?

Yes: You may spot for a couple of days especially if the cervix has a lesion like an erosion. ...Read more

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How often should I get a pap smear test?

Depends: age, nl pap: According to the american college of ob/gyne, pap smears should begin at age 21, then every 2 yrs ages 21-29. Women 30 and older, if 3 normal yearly paps, can have pap every 3 years. Hiv+ women need pap twice in first year after diagnosis and then yearly. An abnormal result will change how often a pap is recommended. Notify doctor sooner if discharge, bleeding (esp after sex), or pain. ...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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Can you detect mycoplasma on a pap smear?

Can you detect mycoplasma on a pap smear?

No: Pap is not designed to test for mycoplasma. It may be cultured but even that does not have a good yield. Please consult your doctor as you should be tested for other sexually transmitted diseases as well. Mycoplasma can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is a pap smear the same thing as a biopsy?

Is a pap smear the same thing as a biopsy?

Similar: A pap smear uses the loose cells taken from the surface of a tissue for the purpose of screening, to detect the presence of an abnormality that might warrant a biopsy for the definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can semen skew the results of a pap smear?

No: Though it would not be good idea to show up for your pap smear examination within 24 hours of sex. If you must, use a condom. ...Read more

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Abnormal pap smear, should I be concerned?

Abnormal: Depends on the abnormality detected, but the proper management should be based on pap smear results. Do not panic, but, please, do not take it lightly and talk to your obgyn doctor. ...Read more

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Should I get pap smear before 21 years old?

Current : Acog guidelines state 21 even if sexually active prior to age 21. So no before 21. ...Read more

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Do women under-age 21 need to get a pap smear?

Depends: age, nl pap: According to the american college of ob/gyne, pap smears should begin at age 21, then every 2 yrs ages 21-29. Women 30 and older, if 3 normal yearly paps, can have pap every 3 years. Hiv+ women need pap twice in first year after diagnosis and then yearly. An abnormal result will change how often a pap is recommended. Notify doctor sooner if discharge, bleeding (esp after sex), or pain. ...Read more

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Had a negative pap smear but still foul smell?

Abnormal bacteria: Bacterial vaginosis is an overgrowth of the wrong bacteria and a deficiency of the good bacteria that defend the vagina and keep the correct ph balance. This leads to a bad odor that is typically "fishy" smelling. It is not a std, and it will not cause an abnormal pap smear. It responds to antibiotics, but often recurs. Vaginal probiotics may help. ...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