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HPV-18 and ASC-H positive results led to a LEEP procedure. First pap smear 11 months later resulted in negative HPV test, but ASC-H present. Why?

HPV-18 and ASC-H positive results led to a LEEP procedure. First pap smear 11 months later resulted in negative HPV test, but ASC-H present. Why?

Too many acronyms : Whenever a test is done somebody has to say what is positive or negative in a result about it. These are all summed up in the sensitivity and specificity of the particular test. If I measure your BP and tell you I measured 139/89 and said was fine because high BP was defined as higher than 140/90 you would probably start doubting my judgment. Whenever you get a test result back ask doc what does i ...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


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I bleed during the procedure of paps smear?

I bleed during the procedure of paps smear?

Ok: Could be normal but could also be due to infection. Ask your doc about the pap results which can check for infections. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for getting a pap smear for birth control when somebody is a virgin?

What is the procedure for getting a pap smear for birth control when somebody is a virgin?

Probably not needed: Virgins usually don't require a pap smear as the majority of cases of cervical cancer are caused by hpv which is sexually transmitted. You can discuss this further with the doctor precribing your birth control (and ask about the hpv vaccine). ...Read more

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Can I have normal pap smear after leep procedure?

Yes, very likely: You should not be surprised as it is expected to be normal unless the leep did not remove the previous abnormality completely. ...Read more

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Pap smear 61 years old no children not married. i have extreme anxiety. how do i have this procedure go better for me. thank you?

Pap smear 61 years old no children not married. i have extreme anxiety. how do i have this procedure go better for me. thank you?

Pap smear Anxiety: I understand your distress. Stresses of retirement, past unresolved conflicts, loneliness, boredom and finances can cause anxiety. Having “extreme anxiety” indicates to see Psychiatrist for Therapy and Medication. Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Visual Imagery, Yoga and Meditation Discuss with Gynecologist about need for Pap smear, your anxiety about procedure; how to relieve your anxiety. ...Read more

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Abnormalities found in mother's Pap smear then had bout 3 more done then 2 biopsies and now told to get another Pap smear is that normal procedure?

 Abnormalities found in mother's Pap smear then had bout 3 more done then 2 biopsies and now told to get another Pap smear is that normal procedure?

It depends: It depends on what the abnormalities were and the time frame. Sometimes biopsies are done to be sure there is nothing worse than what is shown on the pap and the abnormality is then safely followed with paps to be sure it doesn't get worse. ...Read more

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Pap smear 61 years old no children not married. i have a narrowed cervix ! i have extreme anxiety. how do i have this procedure go better for me. ?


Pap smear 61 years old no children not married.  i have a narrowed cervix ! i have extreme anxiety. how do i have this procedure go better for me. ?

Drugs and PMR: Hello, Julie.For the day of the procedure, ask your primary care for a short prescription for an anti-anxiety medication to take 30 minutes before the procedure. In addition, You can practice daily the most effective manual way to relax body & mind: Progressive muscle relaxation.On itunes,Beth Salcedo,MD offers a 20 minute guided PMR download,but there are many guided PMR CDs to choose from. ...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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Can a pap-smear hurt?

Can a pap-smear hurt?

No it does not hurt: It may be unconfortable for some but is not painful. ...Read more

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Does a pap smear hurt?

No: A good pelvic examiner can perform a pap smear with little or no discomfort. ...Read more

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What can pap smear pick up?

Abnormalities: The pap can detect abnormal cervical cells, the presence of some types of infections and the presence of some std's. ...Read more

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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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What can pap smear help you?

No: A pap smear is used to look for precancerous cells of the cervix before they become a problem. Your first pregnancy visit may be a good time to get one if you need it. ...Read more

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How often is pap smear needed?

Depends on patient.: For a woman between the ages of 30 and 65, if a baseline pap test is negative and the patient also has a negative hpv dna result (dual negative findings), then the next pap test can wait for 3 years. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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How long does a pap smear take?

<3 minutes: A pap smear is a gynecologic test used to screen women for cervical cancer. A doctor will visualize the cervix by inserting a speculum into the vagina, then will use a little brush to take a sampling of cells from in/around the cervix. The entire procedure only takes a couple of minutes. Results can sometimes take several weeks, however. ...Read more

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Will a pap smear make me loose?

Will make a woman...: A routine pap smear will make a woman less likely to get cervical disease such as cervical cancer. A pap smear will not make her loose, tight, nor anything else in that manner. ...Read more

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Should a virgin get a pap smear?

Depends on her age: Current guidelines recommend that women get their first pap at the age of 21, even if they are sexually active prior to that. Exceptions (where it should be obtained before 21) are if the female is HIV positive, or on chronic immunosuppressive therapy for systemic lupus erythematosus (sle, lupus) or after organ transplantation. ...Read more

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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