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Abnormal Pap Smear

I got a Pap done early December and about a week ago I got the call back saying I had an abnormal pap with abnormal cells of an unknown origin!! I'm the type that worries about they went on to say that I need to come back for a follow up to make sure it's not pre-cancerous cells, and that I needed a mandatory blood pregnancy test!! So now I'm thinkin 'do they think i'm preg?'

I've been with my bf a little over three years. I've been on the patch for almost 4 years, and I'm 21. Has this happened to anyone before?? I'm appt isn't for another 2 weeks because I'm away at school, and that's the only time I could come.


Sun. Jan 14, 11:33pm

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super common-happens all the time! depending on the diagnosis (infection, recent sexual activity, pre-cancerous cells, etc) they will need to know if you are pregnant or not in order to ensure the best care for you. some tests and some proceedures can jeopardize a pregnancy.

Some info for you from that may ease your mind a litte:

What causes abnormal Pap smears?
Abnormal Pap smear results are often explained by an infection or an inflammation. Yeast infections, herpes, trichomonas, recent sexual activity, or use of vaginal preparations, are often things which cause an abnormal Pap smear result.

Many times the culprit is HPV or human papilloma virus, sometimes referred to as genital warts. HPV is a common infection in women and has been detected in women in their seventies; up to 60% of sexually- active women may carry this virus on their cervix, genital area, or skin and are completely unaware of it.

Hang in there! Try not to worry too much (easy to say, hard to do, i know!)-I'm sure everything will work out just fine for you!

Monday, January 15, 2007, 12:12 AM

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Yeah, I've been reading around on the internet, but I'm hoping it's just nothing. But it helps to hear that's it's a common thing. I will keep y'all posted.


Monday, January 15, 2007, 1:21 AM

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Abnormal pap

I had the same thing about four years ago. I was totally freaked out at first, but then did some research and talked to my gyn who said that it happens frequently. I have been in monogomus relationship for 6 years. The doctor ended up diagonosing it as cervical dysplagia. I had to have a colposcy sp??? It was uncomfortable but not terrible. They use a special tool to take a biopsy and to freeze the cells. Don't be scared. You will be okay.

Monday, January 15, 2007, 8:29 PM

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Hi There!
I posted a similar thread earlier this year...

I just got the results back from my follow-up pap (doc told me to come back in 6 months from the abnormal one.) It turned out to be normal....

One of my friends told me that if you have sex too close to your exam, you might turn up with an abnormal pap due to inflammation....or if it's too close to your period, etc.

On the other hand, my doc told me NOT to worry too much....that we would keep an eye on things because occassionally, it is pretty common to get an abnormal pap...

Monday, January 15, 2007, 11:18 PM

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I saw that recent sexual activity can influence an abnormal pap. What do you all consider "recent"??

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 1:15 AM

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My gyno told me not to have sex the day of, or the day before, my appointment.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 10:19 AM

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Abnormal paps are a pretty common thing. You'll more then likely have to go in for another appt called a coloscopy and probably get a biopsy of your cervix. That is why they need to do a blood preganacy test.

The coloscopy and biopsy will tell a few things:
1. If you have HPV- the virus that increses the risk of cervix cancer.
2. What grade of abnormal your pap is. There are high and low grades.

When you have low grade ab normal paps your docots will most likely tell you to have pap smears more often to monitor the abnormal cells. Most likely they will go away on their own. However, if your abonormal cells are high grade, a surgical procedure called a Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure or "LEEP" may be needed.

A LEEP procedure is nothing to worry about. Bascailly the doctors will surgically remove a small portion of your cervix where the abnormal cells are. You will need a feww days to recover, but afterwards you can carry on as you normally would. A follow up doctor visit is required 6 months after the procedure. The procedure does not prevent you from having children in the future. The only things that may happen in regards to future preganacy complications is that your cervix may not close all the way or it may not open all the way (when in labor). Both complications are rare and shouldn't be a source of stress.

I have had a LEEP, so I speak from experience. The best advice I can offer is to not stress out about it, but do not ignore the problem either. Follow your doctor's advice and take care of yourself. Everything will be alright.

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 11:53 AM

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A couple years ago after my annual pap came back abnormal, I discovered I had HPV. It scared the crap out of me too with the word CANCER forefront in mind. I have a wonderful gyno who had me come in for further tests and once the virus was confirmed, sat with me while I cried. She said to continue doing as I had, healthy weight loss, lots of exercising, living a happy life with my boyfriend and mostly to not stress about it. Those words were like a tonic to me and 3 months later, the virus was once again dormant. She also said not to blame this boyfriend of several years as this could've been lying dormant inside me for a very long time.

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 5:24 PM

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Original poster...

Okay so my gyno told me I have HPV...I was devestated. The same day she did a colposcopy and a cone biopsy (that hurt like hell). Got the results back and those were normal!! But she wants me to come back in 3 months to do another pap...but my thing is why?? To confirm that I still have HPV? Cause won't the pap come back abnormal again?? I don't know, has anyone been in this situation?

Sunday, February 18, 2007, 6:31 PM

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don't freak out just yet.. I had an abnormal pap and went as far as a biopsey then found out not a thing was wrong don't worry just yet GOOD LUCK

Sunday, February 18, 2007, 10:16 PM

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