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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

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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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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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

Yeast (Definition)

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


Candida (Definition)

Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more