December 2010 Moms

Pap smear abnormal

Does anyone have experience with an abnormal Pap smear? I had an OB appointment today and he said my Pap smear came back irregular but that he was going to wait until I delivered the baby to do something that now I can't remember the name of it.

He told me not to worry but I was just curious what others went through
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Re: Pap smear abnormal

  • Yes, I went through this years ago (probably like at least 7 yrs ago now).  They'll monitor you and possible take a biopsy (sounds scarier than it is) to test the cells.  Then if they're still abnormal they might need to remove the abnormal cells because those can sometimes lead to cancer.  There's lots of info online.  I actually got to the point where I had to have them removed, I think it was called a LEEP procedure.  Not fun but also not horrible.  Just a quick thing but you'll have some cramping.  If the doc said not to worry for now, then i'd do just that (if you can).  :)

     

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  • I had an abnormal pap a few years ago. They did a biopsy and everything came back ok. I hope that's what happens for you!
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    Yes, I went through this years ago (probably like at least 7 yrs ago now).  They'll monitor you and possible take a biopsy (sounds scarier than it is) to test the cells.  Then if they're still abnormal they might need to remove the abnormal cells because those can sometimes lead to cancer.  There's lots of info online.  I actually got to the point where I had to have them removed, I think it was called a LEEP procedure.  Not fun but also not horrible.  Just a quick thing but you'll have some cramping.  If the doc said not to worry for now, then i'd do just that (if you can).  :)

     

    Yes, all of this is true for me too, but even longer ago.

    They will try to tell you it's HPV, but my H and I have only been with each other, and I was 19 when all this happened. We absolutely knew we did not cheat on each other. Then it happened to my friend and she was a virgin, and they told her they didn't believe her she was a virgin haha.  There are other ways to have atypical cells down there!

    It's like when the health center at school told my friend she was pregnant. She is a lesbian.

     

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    Yes, I went through this years ago (probably like at least 7 yrs ago now).  They'll monitor you and possible take a biopsy (sounds scarier than it is) to test the cells.  Then if they're still abnormal they might need to remove the abnormal cells because those can sometimes lead to cancer.  There's lots of info online.  I actually got to the point where I had to have them removed, I think it was called a LEEP procedure.  Not fun but also not horrible.  Just a quick thing but you'll have some cramping.  If the doc said not to worry for now, then i'd do just that (if you can).  :)

     

    Yes, all of this is true for me too, but even longer ago.

    They will try to tell you it's HPV, but my H and I have only been with each other, and I was 19 when all this happened. We absolutely knew we did not cheat on each other. Then it happened to my friend and she was a virgin, and they told her they didn't believe her she was a virgin haha.  There are other ways to have atypical cells down there!

    It's like when the health center at school told my friend she was pregnant. She is a lesbian.

     

    Sorry, I got off track there because I'm still angry about it all. But it's pretty common to have abnormal cells and the procedure is not that bad, especially compared with childbirth!

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  • I had an abnormal pap years ago after my first shot of the HPV vac. Apparently the vac can give you HPV. It happened to a few other people I know too. I had a colposcopy, it only took a couple mins and didn't really hurt. I know people who've had to do the LEEP procedure which I guess takes longer and hurts more, but either way it's not as scary as it sounds.

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    I had an abnormal pap years ago after my first shot of the HPV vac. Apparently the vac can give you HPV. It happened to a few other people I know too. I had a colposcopy, it only took a couple mins and didn't really hurt. I know people who've had to do the LEEP procedure which I guess takes longer and hurts more, but either way it's not as scary as it sounds.

    That's what he called it. The colposcopy. He reassured me that he was sure it wasn't HPV. I'm not concerned because for one he told me not to worry and two DH sees this all the time with life insurance policies. I was just curious as to what others experienced
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    My situation was even easier actually and hope your's is too.  I had an abnormal about five years ago and they just made me come in for a re-test.  It was fine and I didn't have to do anything more.  I do make sure I avoid dtd though a good 3-4 days before.  I think they say 1-2 but I don't want about more repeat paps so I give it an extra buffer!  Hope all is well, but I suspect it is.
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    Yes, all of this is true for me too, but even longer ago.

    They will try to tell you it's HPV, but my H and I have only been with each other, and I was 19 when all this happened. We absolutely knew we did not cheat on each other. Then it happened to my friend and she was a virgin, and they told her they didn't believe her she was a virgin haha.  There are other ways to have atypical cells down there!

    It's like when the health center at school told my friend she was pregnant. She is a lesbian.

     


    This happened to me too!  Except DH wasn't a virgin.  He was mortified he had ruined me until NP at our 1st prenatal appt told me that since they never told me what strain I had that I my test came back negative and they never told me.

    LOL @ the lesbian friend story.  My BFF had the exact same experience, except she was going in for a pulled groin muscle so it was even more awkward.

    I read an article a few years back that said that the pap test are so sensitive they come back with false abnormals all the time.  Don't stress too much.

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  • Yes, it happened *right* before I got pregnant with DS. I got my period before my scheduled colposcopy, so I had to reschedule it.  Had the procedure one week after my period.  Got pregnant the following week.

    The results from my colpscopy came back clear, so that was the end of it.

    I think abnormal results are not uncommon.  You might just need to get another pap smear done and that could come out clear. 

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  • Abnormal paps are fairly common these days. I would request a repeat pap before a colposcopy. It's not dangerous or anything, but pregnancy does a lot to change your body, so it could very well be one time thing for you.
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    Did you have sex within 24 hours prior to your pap? That can cause abnormal results. They never tell you NOT to do it, but the one time I got abnormal results, I had sex the night before. They did a repeat pap and it came back normal.

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  • I have had 2 abnormal paps. The first one was because I had sex the night before. Both times I had the pap redone and it came back normal. I'd ask for another pap.
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    Did you have sex within 24 hours prior to your pap? That can cause abnormal results. They never tell you NOT to do it, but the one time I got abnormal results, I had sex the night before. They did a repeat pap and it came back normal.

    I am pretty sure we had sex Saturday and my PS was the next Monday
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  • Years ago, I did. I had a few biopsies that came back normal and I had a LEEP procedure. I've had normal results since having my son 10 years ago.
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