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Severe dysplasea. What does this mean? Age 22, 2 abnormal pap smears 6 mo apart. A biopsy came back positive.

Severe dysplasea. What does this mean? Age 22, 2 abnormal pap smears 6 mo apart. A biopsy came back positive.

Severe: Severe dysplasia means that there are concerning changes in the cells. This will need to be followed closely with your gynecologist for the appropriate and best treatment for you. I am sorry that you are having to go through this. ...Read more

Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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Colpscopy in 2010. Showed mild hpv. Have had two normal pap smears. Does that mean HPV is gone? Can I get back hpv?

Colpscopy in 2010. Showed mild hpv. Have had two normal pap smears. Does that mean HPV is gone? Can I get back hpv?

You still have it,,,: You still have hpv once you got it. The purpose of the pap is to keep checking for changes that can become or are cervical cancer. You've had 2 normal pap smears. If they were consecutive, you could wait 3 years until you get your next pap, but looking at your history, you might be better off still doing it every year. It would be smart to talk to your doctor for the best course of action. ...Read more

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Does the fact that I've had normal pap smears up until 2 yrs ago mean I contracted the hpv virus after that time?

Does the fact that I've had normal pap smears up until 2 yrs ago mean I contracted the hpv virus after that time?

No: You can have HPV for decades and never have an abnormal pap. It can also take years or decades to eventually cause the changes in the pap that signal transformation into a cancer. ...Read more

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I made 2 pap smears at 2 different gyn, 1 week apart, one says CIN1, no HPV, the other one no CIN. What does it mean? How to know which one is ok?

I made 2 pap smears at 2 different gyn, 1 week apart, one says CIN1, no HPV, the other one no CIN. What does it mean? How to know which one is ok?

Cervical dysplasia: Pap smears are not perfect; this is not unusual. The positive result (CIN1) is always real; you need to follow the advice of that doctor about follow-up. CIN1 rarely progresses to cancer, but don't take the chance. ...Read more

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I've always had regular Pap smears. Always one partner and use birth control. Just got ASC-US results with no HPV or anything. What can this mean?

I've always had regular Pap smears. Always one partner and use birth control. Just got ASC-US results with no HPV or anything. What can this mean?

Need for follow-up: ASCUS is non-specific finding and you need to follow your doctor's advice for follow up testing. It may disappear on follow-up testing. It is good that you do not have HPV. It is not something to worry about. ...Read more

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My first pap smears results back as abnormal, ascus +reactive endocervical cells, HPV neg, im 17 weeks pregnant, what does this mean?

My first pap smears results back as abnormal, ascus +reactive endocervical cells, HPV neg, im 17 weeks pregnant, what does this mean?

Abn pap in pregnancy: It is necessary to call your doctor about an appointment concerning your pap smear and if any treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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Should I wait 3 years between pap smears?

Should I wait 3 years between pap smears?

That depends: Older women who are negative for troublesome virus strains and have had no abnormal cells can wait longer than others. There are protocols that your physician can advise you about. ...Read more

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What happens when u have several abnormal pap smears?

What happens when u have several abnormal pap smears?

It depends,,,: It depends on the results. If it's low to high grade, things like colposcopy and excision biopsy are done. If biopsy shows carcinoma in situ, the same schedule for paps is maintained. But if it's more invasive things like surgery and chemotherapy may be done. It's important to keep getting paps every year if they're abnormal as it is there to prevent the abnormalities from becoming invasive. ...Read more

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What diseases do pap smears check for?

What diseases do pap smears check for?

Package deal: The pap smear per se checks for abnormal cells on the cervix, which many times can be watched, because the body heals itself and gets rid of the virus that has been acuired by sexual intercourse causing the abnormal cells, and sometimes require surgery to prevent the development for cervical cancer. Usually, at the time of the pap smear tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia done. ...Read more

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Is there a child's size speculum for pap smears?

Is there a child's size speculum for pap smears?

Odd question: There is a small sized speculum designed for visualizing the cervix on virginal patients. Pap smears are not usually collected on patients unless they are sexually active, which would not require the small speculum. ...Read more

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I had utres and crevices removed in 96 do I still need Pap smears?

I had utres and crevices removed in 96 do I still need Pap smears?

Are ovaries present?: If you still have ovaries, they need to be examined. Pap tests post hysterectomy at your age are no longer necessary but a breast and pelvic exam should be done annually especially if ovaries are present. ...Read more

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Is it ok for midwives to do Pap smears?

Is it ok for midwives to do Pap smears?

Yes!: Midwives are very good at doing pap-smears and it is one of the things they do multiple times a day. In some cases, they may need to refer to a doc if the pap-smear is abnormal. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is pap smears only given if your sexually active?

Importance of a Pap: Pap smears are important to detect changes in the cervix and allow early detection of cervical cancers. Unfortunately, patients with cervical cancer may not have any symptoms until the condition advances. The HPV virus is an important cause of cervical cancer. ...Read more

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I am 63 should I still get pap smears or any kind of cervical check up?

I am 63 should I still get pap smears or any kind of cervical check up?

New ACOG rules: The most recent American College of OB GYN (ACOG) organization's rules are for pap smears every three years except for patients who are your age, and have had 3 negative consecutive previous pap smears, or the cervix/uterus has been surgically removed. If you have had a previous history of multiple abnormal pap smears with an intact cervix/uterus, continued MD pap follow up would be prudent. ...Read more

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What is a common cause for multiple abnormal pap smears if there is no hpv?

Multiple issues: Abnormal paps have many predisposing issue, e.g., heredity, smoking, early age at intercourse, multiple sex partners. About 20% of cervical cancers do not have an association with hpv. ...Read more

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I have had 2 abnormal pap smears in the past 6 months. I also have lupus. Could this be serious?

I have had 2 abnormal pap smears in the past 6 months. I also have lupus. Could this be serious?

What is abnormal?: Your gynecologist has to decide what is the next step depending the result of your pap smear. If you also have lupus, it should not change the decisions or the prognosis of the pap smear results. ...Read more

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Can having multiple pap smears over the course of 3 weeks cause bad cervical pain and spotting in the 4th week?

Not likely: Pap smears are not likely to cause any particular problem. But there is no reason to have pap smears that frequently. ...Read more

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Received yearly normal pap smears. Doc says I can go every 3 yrs. This is my 3rd yr so will get one this yr. It is ok? Never waited this long.

Okay: PAP smear every three years is okay if you had normal PAP smears. You may consult this site for guidelines provided by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology:
https://www. Acog. Org/-/media/For-Patients/pfs004.pdf? Dmc=1&ts=20170124T1658516546 ...Read more

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2 pap smears done about a year apart. Normal in general but both showed moderate inflammation. Should I be worried? Dr now asked for cream treament

2 pap smears done about a year apart. Normal in general but both showed moderate inflammation. Should I be worried? Dr now asked for cream treament

Very common: If you have no symptoms and the paps are negative and negative for the high risk HPV virus, there is nothing to worry about and you do not have to do anything. This is common during the reproductive years and won't harm you. You can't make asyptomatic better. Hope this helped. ...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