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My pap smear result says "reactive changes due to inflammation". What does it means?

My pap smear result says "reactive changes due to inflammation". What does it means?

Generally: The purpose of a pap smear is to find precancerous cells so the problem can be remedied. This is not precancerous. If your chlamydia test and gonnerea tests were negative, you have no pain or discharge, it the pathologists way if saying "there could be an infection, we're not sure" it doesn't mean there is one and most often not. Generally it's an incidental finding. ...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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Pap smear result is reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation (includes typical repair)?

Normal: That is a perfectly normal pap smear result. No worries. Abnormal pap smears will mention hpv present, dysphasia, neoplasia or carcinoma. Your pap indicates none of these. It's findings are normal. ...Read more

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Will having sex the night before my pap smear affect the results one way or another?

Will having sex the night before my pap smear affect the results one way or another?

No: Absolutely not. PAP testing is a scraping of the outer mouth of the cervix to test for pre-cancerous and cancerous cells, and for Genetic analysis of the presence of papillomavirus infection in your past. A prior infection puts you at increased risk of cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Could fingering (finger sex) the day before a pap smear cause false negative results? I.E. Cause it to show normal when actually abnormal

Could fingering (finger sex) the day before a pap smear cause false negative results? I.E. Cause it to show normal when actually abnormal

No effect on test: The pap smear takes cell samples from your cervix, which is the bottom part of the uterus. Any debris in the vagina is separate from the inner canal of the cervix.
If you still have concerns, please speak honestly with the gynecologist / primary care doctor performing this exam. He /she will work to answer questions and give you great healthcare. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pap smear results say normal/negative for interepithelial lesions or malignancy but also says reactive epithelial cell changes. Should I be worried?

Pap smear results say normal/negative for interepithelial lesions or malignancy but also says reactive epithelial cell changes. Should I be worried?

Pap smear: "Reactive" cells in a Pap test are caused by inflammation or irritation of the genital tract. Nothing to worry about, with regard to dysplasia or malignancy. ...Read more

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Pap smear results say normal/negative for interepithelial lesions or malignancy but also says reactive epithelial cell changes. What does that mean?

Pap smear results say normal/negative for interepithelial lesions or malignancy but also says reactive epithelial cell changes. What does that mean?

Nothing serious: The aim of pap test is to check for Cancer cells or pre-cancers. You have neither of these conditions. Reactive is a non specific word saying the cells are not perfect, yet the reactive chnages are not of any consequence ...Read more

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Pap smear result shows reactive cellular changes. Does this indicate hpv? Also shows moderate inflammation. Followup recommended. What does this mean

It does not: You have some inflammation due perhaps to mild physical injury or a non-hpv infection. The smear should probably be repeated because the injury changes can mask the premalignant changes that the pap smear looks for. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will unprotected sex 14 hours before Pap smear /possible colposcopy affect my results? Should I tell the specialist tomorrow?

Will unprotected sex 14 hours before Pap smear /possible colposcopy affect my results? Should I tell the specialist tomorrow?

No.: The appearance of cervical cells under the microscope is not affected by the presence of semen from the day before. No need to tell the doctor (he will see sperm reported on the pap smear interpretation). ...Read more

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Can sex cause my pap smear test results of cells to come back low grade, not normal. Will having sex make it worse or does it have to affect on cells.

Can sex cause my pap smear test results of cells to come back low grade, not normal. Will having sex make it worse or does it have to affect on cells.

Sex and Pap tests: Nope. Not at all. Pap tests are microscopic and look for structural changes in the cells of the cervix to predict risk of cancer. Having sexual intercoarse plays no role in the results. ...Read more

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Hi I just got back results from pap smear. No abnormal cells were detected. However some inflammatory changes were detected. This is my 3rd consecutive smear saying the same thing. Twice I was treated with cleocin and now leezole for 3 nights on all o

Hi I just got back results from pap smear. No abnormal cells were detected. However some inflammatory changes were detected. This is my 3rd consecutive smear saying the same thing. Twice I was treated with cleocin and now leezole for 3 nights on all o

ASCUS: Confirm with your physician if this is ASCUS (which can be due to inflammation). If it is ASCUS then an HPV test should have been done with it as a reflex. If it wasn't ask for an HPV test. If the HPV is positive for high risk HPV then you need a colposcopy to exclude cervical dysplasia. ...Read more

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I had my pap smear last june 13, the result is benign smear with severe inflammation and reparative changes bacterial vaginosis. What does this mean?

What it says: You should go and discuss this at length with the gynecologist who did the pap. Severe inflammation may be due to several causes. Changes that show tissue repair are the body's response to the inflammation and this may be due to the bacterial vaginosis or to other causes like hpv (although not necessarily the type that predisposes to cancer. Go back and see your doctor and ask these questions. ...Read more

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Reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation. Atypical endocervical cells seen. On my pap smear result. Am I at risk to cervical cancer?

Reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation. Atypical endocervical cells seen. On my pap smear result. Am I at risk to cervical cancer?

HPV test?: Unfortunately, anyone who has had genital contact is at risk for cervical cancer because the human papilloma virus is so widespread. Usually when we find atypical cells on a pap smear, we reflexively test for hpv. If it is positive, then you do have a small risk for dysplasia or precancer, but if it is negative, you have almost no risk. If your hpv test is (+), you will need follow up. ...Read more

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I had a slightly ASCUS Pap smear results with negative for HPV and STDs. Gyno said inflammation from sex. Should I be concerned? Follow up soon.

I had a slightly ASCUS Pap smear results with negative for HPV and STDs. Gyno said inflammation from sex. Should I be concerned? Follow up soon.

No to worry: This is not anything worth worrying about right now. You should follow your Gyn's instructions. Did he ask you for a 6 month or one year follow up exam. You could do either and be OK. It takes many years for anything serious to develop on your cervix. ...Read more

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What does the result in pap smear c 211 13 and smear 03 mean?

Doesn't make sense: These letters and number don't have any meaning as a pap smear result. Perhaps they are some tracking numbers for the lab. It would be helpful to see a copy of the entire report if you'd like an interpretation. ...Read more

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What does abnormal cells mean in a pap smear examination result?

What does abnormal cells mean in a pap smear examination result?

Abnormal PAP: We do pap smears to screen for cervical cancer cells. The pap smear has helped us reduce cervical cancer to very small numbers. We think that cancer forms in stages over many years (about 10-15). The cells get progressively abnormal before they become cancerous and this is the opportunity that the pap smear gives us. Remove/kill the abnormal cells before cancer develops. ...Read more

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Did pap smear 5 weeks ago and still no result. They said another week. Could something be wrong. Why is it taking so long?

Did pap smear 5 weeks ago and still no result. They said another week. Could something be wrong. Why is it taking so long?

Outside lab: Many pap smears are sent out to large lab services rather than local pathologists for myriad reasons and this can result in the perceived delay you are asking about. ...Read more

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How do I read my pap smear results so that I can understand them?

Normal or negative: If pap report is normal or negative, then you have no concerns. If the the report is otherwise, call you gynecologist for an explanation. ...Read more

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Does terconazole interfere with pap smear results?

Possibly: If there is a lot in the vagina. Also the infection can affect the pap smear as inflammation can affect the cells make them look abnormal. ...Read more

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Is pap smear is painful for someone who's never had sex?

Should not be painfu: Everybody has a different threshold for pain. Others consider discomfort as pain. Either way, the benefit of having regular cervical cancer screening with pap smears should outweigh any temporary discomfort or pain that the procedure elicits. ...Read more

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I'm 25 never had sex should I get a pap smear I'm terrified?

I'm 25 never had sex should I get a pap smear I'm terrified?

Consider it: It would be wise to speak with your Primary care physician about getting a pap smear despite the lack of intercourse. Please keep in mind that any form of sex may put you at risk for HPV transmission. HPV is a virus that is the primary causal agent for cancer of the uterine cervix. Additionally, a pap smear may be able to pick up changes in the uterine cervix that may be due to smoking. ...Read more

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When can't I have sex after a pap smear?

When can't I have sex after a pap smear?

No restrictions: Pap does not require any such restrictions. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have sex if I bled after a pap smear?

Yes: Slight bleeding after pap smear may be the result of trauma form scrapping. If you continue to have bleeding or have bleeding after sex, do consult your doctor to exclude a cervical lesion. ...Read more

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Can being on your period affect your pap smear results?

Can being on your period affect your pap smear results?

Yes: If the period is somewhat heavy, the blood can interfere with the ability to read the pap smear well, and may need to be repeated. With the newer liquid based smears, this is less likely to be a problem. ...Read more

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Should I be bleeding heavy after having sex after a pap smear?

It is uncommon: You may have bleeding after pap smear and then having sex but to have heavy bleeding, it is very uncommon. If it does not stop, I encourage you to see your physician. ...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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How long does it takes to get Pap smear results!

Local question: This international web application is not in any way connected to your doctor or lab. This question is for your family clinic to answer. ...Read more

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Can I have oral sex after my pap smear? What about sex?

Can I have oral sex after my pap smear? What about sex?

Sure: Their are no restrictions at all after having a pap smear. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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If your hymen was broken during a pap smear, will sex hurt?

Not related: Why did you have a pap smear if you are not sexually active? Break in hymen during pap smear and painful sex are not related to each other. Using a lubricant for sex may lessen discomfort. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get pap smear results?

Ask the person: Who did the pap that person shoudl have told u when to expect the results by depends if there is anything wrong where u live and what lab it went to in my area 1- 10 days usually. ...Read more

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What do superficial and intermediate cells mean in pap smear result?

Nothing significant: These are normal cells. So you do not have any indication of abnormal cells like cancer or pre-cancer to worry about. ...Read more

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I had pap smear and the result says benign smear with moderate inflammation. What does it mean?

Mod inflammation: Inflammatory cells are seen on a pap smear when the cervix is inflamed. This is usually a self limited benign process. There is no evidence of dysplasia/malignancy. ...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