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Will a yeast infection affect a pap smear reading?

Will a yeast infection affect a pap smear reading?

Sometimes it does: Vaginal yeast infections differ in severity, such as mild, moderate, etc..., and so they cause different amounts of inflammation on the surfaces of the cervix and vagina. Sometimes there is enough inflammation to make a pap smear harder to read. In those cases, after treating the yeast infection, a doctor may choose to repeat a pap smear at some time, depending on the cervical cancer risk factors. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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I have abnormal pap smear not yeast infection, what to do?

I have abnormal pap smear not yeast infection, what to do?

Follow up: Talk to your doctor. You will need a colposcopy. That is where they put some vinegar on your cervix and take a closer look using a special type of microscope. ...Read more

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Pap smear came back slightly abnormal a typical cells and a yeast infection and I'm 21 does it sound vey serious?

Pap smear came back slightly abnormal a typical cells and a yeast infection and I'm 21 does it sound vey serious?

May need repeat pap: Sometimes during an infection, a pap smear may show abnormal atypical cell, you may need to repeat the pap smear after infection is over. ...Read more

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Abnormal pap smear not yeast infection, what to do?

Abnormal pap smear not yeast infection, what to do?

More info needed: There are different kinds of abnormal cells that can be reported on a pap smear. Decision about the next step in management depends on what type of abnormal cells were detected. Find out what type of cells were reported, and resubmit your question. ...Read more

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Severe yeast infection (blood, swelling, cuts - not herpes), 3 weeks later pap smear. Could the severe yeast infection have caused an abnormal pap?

No: Hpv, human papilloma virus, is the entity that causes abnormal pap smears. The yeast infection could cause inflammation in the vagina and cervix, but not the changes that the pap smear is designed to detect. At 22 yrs old, it's normal to come in contact with hpv, most women have. I'm sorry to hear about your yeast infection, hope the treatment is working! ...Read more

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Onset of symptoms of yeast infection started 2 hours after pap smear. Possible that I got infected at gynae's clinic through contact at exam table?

Onset of symptoms of yeast infection started 2 hours after pap smear. Possible that I got infected at gynae's clinic through contact at exam table?

No, not likely: Everybody has yeast in tiny amounts. A problem occurs if one's yeast grows too much and starts causing symptoms (then we call it a yeast infection). Yeast overgrowth or infection probably takes a few days to develop. ...Read more

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I had a pap smear done like a month ago it was normal no yeast infection no hpv but I have this small bump on my vagina and no hiv?

Need more info: How big the lump? What is the location of the lump? Is is painful? Is it growing? If you have no other symptoms you may watch and wait. If the lump doubles in size, ulcerates, becomes painful, bleeds or other lumps appear, see your doctor. Otherwise you may wait till you see your doctor for your regular appointment.
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PAP smear showed cervical inflammation. Age 63, not sexually active. No STD's. 2 severe yeast infections in last month w/UTI. Cancer possible?

PAP smear showed cervical inflammation. Age 63, not sexually active. No STD's. 2 severe yeast infections in last month w/UTI. Cancer possible?

Possible: Diane, always "possible" but in your case more likely due to the recent infections. If it was cancerous, pathology would have other suggestive findings such as atypical cells, etc. Live healthy and be well! ...Read more

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I have redness all around my vagina but I've been tested for herpes more than 3 times both blood and smear pap I do a have a yeast infection vagnitis?

I have redness all around my vagina but I've been tested for herpes more than 3 times both blood and smear pap I do a have a yeast infection vagnitis?

Herpes is not....: Redness all around your vagina in no way would be herpes. I am very surprised that anyone would repeatedly test you for this when this is not the symptom for herpes. Redness all around your vagina is a yeast infection until proven otherwise. ...Read more

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Pain during intercourse at vagina opening, came on gradually starting ~6 mos ago. Pap smears/std screens negative. Don't think it's yeast infection.

Pain during intercourse at vagina opening, came on gradually starting ~6 mos ago. Pap smears/std screens negative. Don't think it's yeast infection.

See doc: There are other causes of pain at the vaginal opening. Sometimes it is a simple as recommending more foreplay (or using lubrication). Sometimes it is an infection or skin condition. Sometimes people need physical therapy (pelvic floor pt). ...Read more

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When I go for pap smears will an STD show up if they scrape my vaginal wall for testing? I've never been told I have an STD. Also. My vaginal lips burn like a rash would. Yeast infection?

Pap misses most STDs: The pap smear is designed to detect abnormal cells that can predict future cancer, and these changes are caused by HPV, an STD. But it does not detect any other STDs; specific STD tests (e.g. gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomonas) need to be requested by the doctor. And yes, vaginal and labial burning often is caused by yeast. (Which of course is not an STD.) Discuss with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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I experience vaginal pain during intercourse with my boyfriend, specifically around the opening of my vagina. No signs of yeast infection, STD screens negative/pap smears negative.

I experience vaginal pain during intercourse with my boyfriend, specifically around the opening of my vagina. No signs of yeast infection, STD screens negative/pap smears negative.

Is this new?: Is this something new that is happening after having normal painless relations before or has it either always been this way or just become this way? ...Read more

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I have a yeast infection every time I get a pap but never any symptoms? I'm not diabetic. Causes/long term fixes?

I have a yeast infection every time I get a pap but never any symptoms? I'm not diabetic. Causes/long term fixes?

↓Antibiotics/Dueches: Healthy humans carry ~30K humans genes + >100K non-human genes, referred to as human biome. Key to effective immune system function is supporting beneficial over harmful microbiota. Using antibiotics, dueching (↓es vaginal lactobacilli) & other "cleaning" regimens powerfully disrupt this balance. ↑ed sugar from carb foods also ↑problems before bad enough to be called DM. Study DietDoctor. Com, etc ...Read more

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Is there a way to find out why did my doc do a pap when she said I had a yeast infection?

Is there a way to find out why did my doc do a pap when she said I had a yeast infection?

Clarify testing done: You may want to clarify with your doctor to see if a pap smear test was actually done. A speculum exam is performed in order to do a pap smear, but also to evaluate vaginal discharge. Some people are confused and assume that pap smear was performed, when really only the discharge was evaluated. Remember, the pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. ...Read more

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I had a yeast infection but wasn't sure then blisters appeared and the ER dr diagnosed me with herpes. Since then I have had a pap and it was neg!

I had a yeast infection but wasn't sure then blisters appeared and the ER dr diagnosed me with herpes. Since then I have had a pap and it was neg!

HSV: Pap smear is a screening test to cancer of the cervix. Herpes will lye dormant in a spine nerve ganglion until activated. You can get blood work which will confirm the infection and the specific virus. 80% of infections have no symptoms. Current recommendation is suppressive therapy and condoms. Follow up with gyn for management.
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Possible reasons for abnormal pap lsil, no hpv? Could yeast infection be the cause?

Possible reasons for abnormal pap lsil, no hpv? Could yeast infection be the cause?

Low risk viral type: Most commercially available hpv dna tests diagnose 12 or 13 strains of 'high risk' hpv. These are strains most likely to cause cancer. It is possible to have lsil (hpv changes) in a pap where abnormal cells are present but the viral strain causing the warty changes is not one of the 12 or 13 types in the test kit being used. Low risk viral types (6 ; 11) cause warts but have negative dna tests. ...Read more

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Can my abnormal pap test be the result of an untreated yeast infection or uti?

NO: A pap test looks for cervical cancer or abnormal cells. Yeast or bladder infections will not affect the cells in your cervix. ...Read more

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Pap same back HPV positive slightly abnormal a typical cells and a yeast infection. Does it sound very serios?

Pap same back HPV positive slightly abnormal a typical cells and a yeast infection. Does it sound very serios?

No: This reading on a pap smear can mean low grade inflammation due to infection or perhaps yeast or other irritatants. Make sure you follow up with your gyn or pcp and get further testing as indicated by any other testing done at the time of your pap smear such as a test for human pappiloma virus. Your history would be important too in answering your question. Follow up per your pcp's instructions. ...Read more

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If im taking nitrofur mono for UTI why does my vagina smell I had a pap, doc told me I didn't have bv, std, yeast infection, but I had white thick dischar?

If im taking nitrofur mono for UTI why does my vagina smell I had a pap, doc told me I didn't have bv, std, yeast infection, but I had white thick dischar?

BV anyway? Trich?: Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause of strong vaginal odor, especially if it smells fishy. BV is overgrowth of mostly normal vaginal bacteria. Trichomonas, an STD, causes similar odor. BV can be hard to diagnose, and trich is often missed by the most common test, exam of fluid by microscope. Ask your doc about rechecking for BV and perhaps the newer, much more senstive DNA test for trich. ...Read more

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I had pap Tuesday. Now heavily bleeding like my periods. My period should be another week away. She believes I may have yeast infection. Normal?

I had pap Tuesday. Now heavily bleeding like my periods. My period should be another week away. She believes I may have yeast infection. Normal?

Pap scraping: If the MD vigorously scraped the cervix to do the pap smear, there could be light spotting or bleeding to follow for a couple of days. Heavy bleeding is NOT characteristic of this event and needs a MD evaluation if it continues. ...Read more

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I had a kidney infection and a yeast infection and went in for a pap. My test came back positive for gonorrhea! Is it possible that the test is wrong?

I had a kidney infection and a yeast infection and went in for a pap. My test came back positive for gonorrhea! Is it possible that the test is wrong?

Possible: This gets into statistics but you have to know the prevalence of gonorrhea in the population that is being tested to give the positive predictive value of the test. False positive tests are possible but getting treated is in your best interest. Gonorrhea can negatively affect future fertility. ...Read more

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Pap showed ascus. This was a pap done right after I took diflucan (fluconazole) and finished Monistat regimen for a bad yeast infection, is it HPV or benign?

Both?: The hpv test is separate from the ascus diagnosis. A separate test should be done if it was not already done to test for hpv. Inflammation can contribute to ascus. If hpv is positive with ascus, you should undergo a painless procedure called colposcopy. It allows a closer look at the cervix and may localize the source of the inflammatory cells (ascus). ...Read more

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I am 19 and sexually active for 2 years. When should I get a pap test? I have persistent yeast infection and late periods, can it be caused by HPV's?

Now: In the US, the usual pattern starts with first sexual activity or by age 21. HPV strains differ in their effect on your system. The pap smear is one way to monitor the effect of related strains. The genital wart strains would produce visible warts on most infected persons. HPV would not be a common cause of cycle changes or yeast infections. ...Read more

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Had yeast infection, got treated with pills since then my vagina & discharge smell sour/like the medication - since june - pap tests came back normal?

Talk to your doctor.: What you're describing sounds like BV (bacterial vaginosis), which is an overgrowth of gardnerella vaginalis, a normal but particularly smelly bacteria that's found in the vagina. This sometimes happens after yeast treatment. A vaginal sample is done to make sure it's not something else (like an std...) and then the overgrowth can be easily treated with antibiotics that your doctor prescribes. ...Read more

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Normal pap 2 yrs back. Did pap today. Doc told inflammed cervix. Being treated for yeast infection. Will pap test be normal? Reason for inflammed cervix?

Probably normal: Presence of a Pap failing to reveal malignant cells but rather showing inflamed cells not definitive for dx. Inflammation common from yeast and HPV but neither tells Ca or not. Pap stain only 60% accurate in defining premalignant cells so after infection clears, HPV to be tested and periodic repeat Paps needed. New test looking for squamous antigen being developed and is 100% accurate in dx. ...Read more

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Hi Dr should I be more worried if pap smear result showing endocervica cells present and HPV infection but it didn't mention the type?

Here are some. ..: It's most logical and beneficial for you to bring this Q to your Gyn-doc for better collaboration and counseling for the present and future. Generally speaking, all you can and should do is having PAP smear more diligently and vigilantly than the average women so to observe: Life is a one-way street of accumulation, modification, and continuation with no looking-back. Best wish... ...Read more

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I have regular paps, and check ups, and I have never had anything, but haven't been able to get pregnant and have yeast infections frequently. Why?

I have regular paps, and check ups, and I have never had anything, but haven't been able to get pregnant and have yeast infections frequently. Why?

Infertility causes: Infertility is complicated but there are three main causes. 1. Ovulation problems. You have to release an egg to be able to get pregnant 2. Sperm problems - you have to have available sperm to fertilize the egg. 3. Anatomy problems - there has to be a clear path for the sperm to be able to fertilize the egg. All of these can be tested. Frequent yeast infections are unrelated but also treatable ...Read more

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Can I do papsmear while having a yeast infection?

Better to treat it: Before pap. Any infection, including yeast infection makes interpretation of pap smear more difficult. It would be better to treat the infection before doing the pap smear. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to have an abnormal papsmear during 11th week of pregnancy and a yeast infection?

Check with your HCP: Wait until after 14 weeks to treat the yeast infection. Speak with your doctor about the safest local treatment and scheduling a colposcopy for the abnormal pap smear. This is a painless procedure which allows her/him to take a closer look at the cervix through a magnifying device. Generally, biopsy of the cervix is not indicated during pregnancy unless your hcp determines it is advisable. ...Read more

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Abnormal Pap smear result- I'm 19 & results were LSIL, EPCA, MIDH, with no endocervical component identified- should I wait 6mo/year and then re-pap?

Abnormal Pap smear result- I'm 19 & results were LSIL, EPCA, MIDH, with no endocervical component identified- should I wait 6mo/year and then re-pap?

Pap smear: Pap smears are not recommended in women younger than 21 per the latest ACOG & ASCCP guidelines. I would check with your provider as to why you received a Pap smear at 19 ...Read more

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Can I still join the army if I have an abnormal pap smear result?

Can I still join the army if I have an abnormal pap smear result?

Yes: I am not military, but this should not interfere with your ability to serve effectively. ...Read more

Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable of fermenting ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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