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Will I end up having cervical cancer I have been having pain in my lower abdomen were my cervix and uturus is. I have had my IUD in for three years now. I had a pap smear a few weeks ago and the doctor said that my IUD is in good place and seems to be d

Will I end up having cervical cancer I have been having pain in my lower abdomen were my cervix and uturus is. I have had my IUD in for three years now. I had a pap smear a few weeks ago and the doctor said that my IUD is in good place and seems to be d

You: You need to discuss the results of your pap smear with your doctor again so you better understand what was found. Sometimes a test is done with the pap smear to determine if the cerix is infected with a strain of hpv that would put you at a higher risk for cancer and sometimes a special examination of the cervix called a colposcopy is needed to double check the area. Thankfully, many, many women who have abnormal cells will not develop cancer. ...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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What kind of questions will a doctor likely ask at a pap smear visit?

What kind of questions will a doctor likely ask at a pap smear visit?

Pap smears: They will likely ask about your sexual activity, menstrual cycles, birth control, previous paps. They might ask about breast masses and do a breast exam as well. ...Read more

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Which type of questions will the doctor ask me when getting a pap smear?

Which type of questions will the doctor ask me when getting a pap smear?

See below: The doctor needs to know among other questions how many sexual partners you have had adn if you have had infections in the past. Both increase the risk of having an abnormal pap smear. ...Read more

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Dear Doctor, should I worry that a abnorma Pap smear result is likely to turn into cancer? Thank you so much

Dear Doctor, should I worry that a abnorma Pap smear result is likely to turn into cancer? Thank you so much

Rather than worry...: Some abnormal pap smears do warn of a risk for malignancy, but the process takes time. We've got the follow-up down to a science so you won't be at serious risk for dying so long as you comply with instructions. In the Bad Old Days, cervical cancer was the major killer of young women. Now it's almost entirely manageable. Glad you're concerned; just follow up and you'll be fine. ...Read more

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What doctor do I see for a physical and pap smear?

What doctor do I see for a physical and pap smear?

Family doctor: A family medicine doctor would be able to do both a complete physical and a pap smear for you. Internal medicine physicians are also qualified to perform pap smears, but many don't do them routinely; this varies among providers. ...Read more

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Can a doctor perform a pap smear against my will or not?

Can a doctor perform a pap smear against my will or not?

No: A doctor would not perform a pap smear if you refused. That would be battery.
However, if you are nervous about having a pap smear, talk to your doctor. She can explain the procedure to you. ...Read more

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My pap smear result is moderate inflammation. What the means? Thanks doc.

White blood cells: Inflammation found on a pap smear is usually not something to get too concerned about. It means that they detected some white blood cells in the specimen and possibly saw red looking cervical cells. Could be cervical inflammation which is common and does not necessarily mean a problem. It's possible there's an infection (but not always) and your doc may repeat the pap in 6 months. ...Read more

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Just received a letter from the doctor saying that I have an abnormal pap smear. What could it mean?

Need more info: There are multiple levels of abnormalities of pap smears. Most just require continued follow-up with yearly pap smear. If the abnormality is more severe it may require colposcopic examination, biopsy or conization. It would be prudent to discuss the results with your doctor who has more details about the results and your health. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your doctor says you have a low count of ldc? I went to get a pap smear and im a female 19 years old.

LDC.? LDL: I do not know about ldc unless the doctor meant ldl- cholesterol (c).
This is the so called bad cholesterol. This means you do not have to worry about your cholesterol...As it is bettter to have a low level than a high level. But you need to ask your doctor if he/she is talking about your cholesterol count. ...Read more

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My doctor was giving me a pap smear yesterday and asked me how many kids do I already have, what could be the reason she asked?

My doctor was giving me a pap smear yesterday and asked me how many kids do I already have, what could be the reason she asked?

Routine question--: This is information any doctor needs to have on record, like if you have allergies or ever had surgery or any chronic disease.

Possibly the dr was reminded of it when they saw the cervix and it looked like that of someone who'd given birth, and that prompted them to ask the question. ...Read more

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Does a pap smear accurately show trichamonas vaginalis. My doctor said I have it but my partner does not. How is this possible?

It often is accurate: If a pap smear shows trichomonas it is often correct, but an office exam with a microscopic wet smear may be helpful for the diagnosis. Trichomonas is a free-living one-celled organism that can live anywhere there is moisture; it can be transmitted through casual contact with bodies of water or any moist object. It is therefore possible that you may have it and your partner does not. ...Read more

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Do doctors in the us offer testing for mycoplasma genitalium or is it only in the research settting? Will it show up on pap smear?

Culture: Usual test is culture but it is not very effective. Nucleic acid tests have not been approved by fda. If you think you have mycoplasma, you need to be tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Mycoplasma can be treated with antibiotics. Pap smear is not a good test for this infection. ...Read more

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I had a abnormal pre cancerous cells pap smear last year and was told to do a follow up but I have yet to find a doctor who will what should I do?

I had a abnormal pre cancerous cells pap smear last year and was told to do a follow up but I have yet to find a doctor who will what should I do?

See below: If you do not have a doctor, you may try to get help from your local Planned Parenthood; they help with women's health issues, not just abortions. You may also try you city county department of health. While you are at it, get HPV vaccine. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Pap Smear done 8 months back, no atypical cells, only mild inflammatory smear. Doctor said it is normal, should the test be repeated any time soo?

No. Not needed.: It's good news if the cells where not abnormal. Some inflammatory changes are not worrisome. It is also important to know if the HPV test was done. HPV is a virus which may lead to abnormal cells in time. If not the HPV and cells were both negative, you should have nothing to worry about regarding cervical cancer. Inflammatory changes are usually self limited and may be due to hormonal factors. ...Read more

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Is it normal, I had a bleeding while doing the pap smear? Its my 2nd time pap smear but this time the doctor said I had a little bleeding. I'm worried.

Cervicitis: Probable inflammation of cervix and endocervix made the tissues friable. In itself probably has little or no significance. Your pap report will give you all the information you need. Best of luck. ...Read more

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When I had abnormal cells from my first pap smear after my first child was born the doctor had to freeze them and remove them. Can they still come back?

When I had abnormal cells from my first pap smear after my first child was born the doctor had to freeze them and remove them. Can they still come back?

Precancerous cells: There are a few common anatomic areas for precancerous (atypical) cells to grow in the body and just because you've recognized and treated some atypical cells once, doesn't mean you are immune to getting them again. ...Read more

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My doctor found blood on my cervix during a pap smear?

My doctor found blood on my cervix during a pap smear?

Result of PAP smear: Blood on cervix can be seen in time of period, can be seen because cervix has erosions or ulcers.
Evaluation of your pap smear is very important to rule out cervical intraepithelial lesion, low or high grade. Endometrial cells in women after 40 y. Should be reported for appropriate follow up (to rule out endometrial hyperplasia or neoplasia). ...Read more

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I had my first abnormal pap smear. Why are the doctors telling me to return in a year?

I had my first abnormal pap smear. Why are the doctors telling me to return in a year?

Depends...: Most doctors order pap smear and hpv test at the same time. Hpv is the virus that we now know causes cervical cancer. Depending on the results of the pap smear and hpv test combined, the doctor formulates how they want patients to follow up. Abnormal pap smear with the diagnosis of ascus and hpv negative has a about a 1% risk of progressing to a high grade dysplasia or cancer within one year. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a doctor to notify you about a pap smear?

How long will it take for a doctor to notify you about a pap smear?

About a week: It should not take more that a few day, two weeks at the worst. ...Read more

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I was told im seeing my doctor for a pap smear but don't know what it is?

I was told im seeing my doctor for a pap smear but don't know what it is?

Screening test: Pap smear is screening test for carcinoma of the uterine cervix. The doctor will scrape the lips of the cervix and send the material to a pathology lab for examination. The procedure is recommended for all sexually active women. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/pap-smear/my00090. ...Read more

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My test pap smear is moderate inflammation. I'm so worried. Its serious problem doc? Thanks

Does not sound serio: Inflammation of the cervix is not uncommon but it is not serious. Pap is done to look for early Cervix Cancer. So a negative test for Cancer, means the test has done its primary job. Your gynecologist can help you further if you are anxious to find the cause and treatment but it is not anything serious.. ...Read more

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What is a pap smear nowadays, and how is it different than years ago? My doc isn't using microscope slides anymore.

Good!: The days of glass slides and hairspray are long gone! The newer liquid based pap tests are much more accurate and allow for hpv cotesting. Most women with a history of normal pap testing only need screening once every 3 years depending on risk factors. ...Read more

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What's a way to break the awkwardness of getting s pap smear... should I try and make conversation or something with my doc?

What's a way to break the awkwardness of getting s pap smear... should I try and make conversation or something with my doc?

PAP: PAP smears are not recommended till age 21 (even if sexually active)because pathologies resolve spontaneously in the young population, doing a PAP would lead to unnecessary procedures. Start by an appointment to discuss they type of screening needed at your age and if you have risk factors like DES baby. If a PAP is needed, there is a nurse in the room so you can talk to her about women's health. ...Read more

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I had a pap smear recently and the results were inconclusive. The doctor said I should wait 2 months before doing a second test. Why wait that long?

Tincture of time: Sometimes there are factors present that interfere with pap-smears. Letting a little time pass allows things to go back to normal. Who wants a pap twice in the same month anyway? ...Read more

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Will a doctor allow a below 21 yrs old to have pap smear?

Usually: I agree with the previous answer. It depends on state rules and regulation. It may not be covered by insurance. However, I will generally do the test if I feel it will give me information that may change the therapy she needs. ...Read more

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Can a family physician do just as good a pap smear as gyne?

Can a family physician do just as good a pap smear as gyne?

Some can, some can't: At your age it is much better to see a gyn doc because anyone should be able to do a pap, but a good gyn could find other problems (hopefully you are fine) that a family doc could miss, like an std or an ovarian cysts, and the gyn can take care of it, your family doc wouild have to refer you if anything is abnormal, let your family doc take care of everything else, let your gyn do the pap. ...Read more

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Is a doctor allowed to give a pap smear to an 18 yr-old virgin?

Depends on situation: An 18yo can chose to consent to a procedure or not. Most physician groups do not recommend a pelvic exam or pap smear until age 21 or 3 yrs after first sexual activity. Most general exams will be be limited to an external exam. Ultrasound & tests can sometimes evaluate areas that would otherwise be assessed on an internal exam making it unnecessary. Many docs have a separate permit for internal exams. ...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