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What Does The Word Atrophy Mean In Pap Smears
Severe dysplasea. What does this mean? Age 22, 2 abnormal pap smears 6 mo apart. A biopsy came back positive.
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
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
Does the fact that I've had normal pap smears up until 2 yrs ago mean I contracted the hpv virus after that time?
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'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?
My first pap smears results back as abnormal, ascus +reactive endocervical cells, HPV neg, im 17 weeks pregnant, what does this mean?
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
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
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
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
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
What could be the reason for all my previous pap smears to mention that there are inflammatory cell populations noted? Does this need further testing?
Cervicitis: This sounds like a low-level cervicitis. This can be a chronic infection of the cervix. It's not necessarily an std, however, it could be due to a variety of organisms that are causing this information. Some doctors will recommend 10 day course of Doxycycline daily to help alleviate this inflammation. If I were your doctor I would recommend that. ...Read more
Sensitive area: A pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. During the test, the doctor takes a sample of cells from the cervix (opening of the uterus), which is a sensitive area. You may feel a cramp-like pain during a pap smear. That being said, a pap smear by an experienced dr. Should not be very painful. If you experience a lot of pain during these tests, tell your doctor so they can be gentle. ...Read more
Depends: If they all have been normal/negative you should get them every 3-5 years depending on how your doctor sends it. (if they send a co-test, which looks at cells and checks for hpv, you only need it every 5 years). If you have had an abnormal pap, you'll need it more often. What is your history? ...Read more
You see your doc: Depending on the abnormality, usually the patient will have a colposcopy. This is a procedure where the clinician looks closely at your cervix and can biopsy any areas that look abnormal. The reason this is done is that pre-cancer or overt cancer can be identified. The reason paps are important is they can find abnormalities before they become cancer. ...Read more
Recommended: The current recommendations can vary depending on age, however it appropriate for a women age 21 to 65 to have pap smears every three years as long as they are normal. After a hysterectomy and/or after age 65 a women with a history of normal paps does not ever need another pap. Every women should still have an annual exam. ...Read more
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