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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


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I'm 22 and I have to go for my first pap smear! What should I expect?

I'm 22 and I have to go for my first pap smear! What should I expect?

Easy exam: The doctor will talk to you first. Then the examination will consist of checking your thyroid in your neck, your heart, lungs, brady (by feeling), abdomen and then the pelvic exam. That consist of examining the skin around your genitals then applying a small speculum (the size of a tampon-or smaller if needed) into the vagina to see the cervix and brush it to do pap. ...Read more

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What is an abnormal pap smear?

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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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 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?

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?

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 an std, and it will not cause an abnormal pap smear. It responds to antibiotics, but often recurs. Vaginal probiotics may help. ...Read more

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What does an abnormal glandular pap smear mean?

Glandular cells: It means that there are glandular cells that appear abnormal. This type of pap result needs close follow up to include additional testing as there's a pretty high percentage of there being a precancerous or even cancerous lesion present. You may need a colposcopy and a scraping from the inside of your cervix performed. Be sure to see your doctor for follow up. ...Read more

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What exactly does dysplasia mean on a Pap smear?

"overinterpretation": The Pap test is a cytological exam which is usually made by a cytologist who reports that the "cells of your cervix" look normal or abnormal. Dysplasia may be suspected; but the diagnosis of a dysplasia (mild, moderate or severe) is usually made by a histopathological exam of a biopsy of your cervix to describe a disordered arrangement of the cells. By the way, why did you have a Pap test at age 18 ...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

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