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Can an abnormal pap smear be due to candida?

Can an abnormal pap smear be due to candida?

See below: Candida casues the nucllei to be slightly enlarged and thedn the pap smear may be misread but it does not cause relayy abnormal pap smears. Read more

Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable of fermenting ...Read more


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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

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Normal pap 2 yrs back. Did pap today. Doc told inflammed cervix. Being treated for yeast infection. Will pap test be normal? Reason for inflammed cervix?

Probably normal: Presence of a Pap failing to reveal malignant cells but rather showing inflamed cells not definitive for dx. Inflammation common from yeast and HPV but neither tells Ca or not. Pap stain only 60% accurate in defining premalignant cells so after infection clears, HPV to be tested and periodic repeat Paps needed. New test looking for squamous antigen being developed and is 100% accurate in dx. Read more

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I am 19 and sexually active for 2 years. When should I get a pap test? I have persistent yeast infection and late periods, can it be caused by HPV's?

I am 19 and sexually active for 2 years. When should I get a pap test? I have persistent yeast infection and late periods, can it be caused by HPV's?

Now: In the US, the usual pattern starts with first sexual activity or by age 21. HPV strains differ in their effect on your system. The pap smear is one way to monitor the effect of related strains. The genital wart strains would produce visible warts on most infected persons. HPV would not be a common cause of cycle changes or yeast infections. Read more

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Took pap smear test. Had yeast and gardnerella. Not on control pills. Been 5 days when prds were due. Only pink creamy discharge. Prgncy test -ve.?

Yes: If there is an;y question about pregnancy, it is always worthwhile to have a test. The discharge could be a result of the infections which you should get treated for. Then you will just to see what happens to your periods. Read more

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Took pap smear test. Had yeast and gardnerella. Not on control pills. Been 5 days when prds were due. Only pink creamy discharge. Prgncy test -ve.?

Light menses: Probably just a light period...If pregnancy test negative, would not be too concerned...If not trying to get pregnant, reccomend bc. Read more

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I did my regular pap smear exam and doctor asked me to do swab test which revealed in Gram stain that I have few puss cells and buddying yeast is seen?

Budding yeast: Since you have vaginal discharge and based on your report of budding yeast on the gram stain, you have vaginal candidiasis also known as a yeast infection. This is a fairly common condition and it is not an STD. It can be treated fairly easily, and I would ask your doctor for his recommendation/treatment. Read more

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Went for pap smear. Gyn said "well it doesn't look horrible" That was it. I know I have yeast inf but what did she mean by what she said? I'm stressing.

Went for pap smear. Gyn said "well it doesn't look horrible" That was it. I know I have yeast inf but what did she mean by what she said? I'm stressing.

Relax.: We try sometimes to be funny, & don't succeed. (If we were great comedians, we wouldn't have had to go to med school). So, I expect she was trying to make you comfortable. Next time, before you leave & worry, ask her to clarify. Call tomorrow & ask her to clarify anyway, to be sure of her meaning. A PAP smear result will take a week or so, & can be abnormal though you had a normal exam today. Read more

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Will a yeast infection affect a pap smear reading?

Sometimes it does: Vaginal yeast infections differ in severity, such as mild, moderate, etc..., and so they cause different amounts of inflammation on the surfaces of the cervix and vagina. Sometimes there is enough inflammation to make a pap smear harder to read. In those cases, after treating the yeast infection, a doctor may choose to repeat a pap smear at some time, depending on the cervical cancer risk factors. Read more

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Abnormal pap smear not yeast infection, what to do?

Abnormal pap smear not yeast infection, what to do?

More info needed: There are different kinds of abnormal cells that can be reported on a pap smear. Decision about the next step in management depends on what type of abnormal cells were detected. Find out what type of cells were reported, and resubmit your question. Read more

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I have abnormal pap smear not yeast infection, what to do?

Follow up: Talk to your doctor. You will need a colposcopy. That is where they put some vinegar on your cervix and take a closer look using a special type of microscope. Read more

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Pap smear came back slightly abnormal a typical cells and a yeast infection and I'm 21 does it sound vey serious?

May need repeat pap: Sometimes during an infection, a pap smear may show abnormal atypical cell, you may need to repeat the pap smear after infection is over. Read more

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Severe yeast infection (blood, swelling, cuts - not herpes), 3 weeks later pap smear. Could the severe yeast infection have caused an abnormal pap?

No: Hpv, human papilloma virus, is the entity that causes abnormal pap smears. The yeast infection could cause inflammation in the vagina and cervix, but not the changes that the pap smear is designed to detect. At 22 yrs old, it's normal to come in contact with hpv, most women have. I'm sorry to hear about your yeast infection, hope the treatment is working! Read more

Candida (Definition)

Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more


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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