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nina_brown04
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I went for a pap smear on the 24th and I just got my results and here's what it said:

Please call the office to schedule a follow-up pap smear in 3 months.

Does that mean something is wrong?
Its too late to call them but I'm going to do it first thing in the morning. I usually get a letter saying that I had a normal pap smear.
She did put me on a different birth control pill so is that the reason?? I'm worried now. If something was wrong they would have put it on the paper right???

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Heather
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Call them in the morning.

But chances are that yes, if they want a repeat in the morning, you may have had an abnormal pap smear. Mind, those can happen for lots of reasons, including when you're in perfect health.

So, just call in when you can and ask for the reason.

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What could cause an abnormal pap?
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Things like having a bit of a yeast or bacterial infection, or engaging in sexual activity less than 24 hours before your exam can all cause an abnormal result.

There's no need to worry until you find out what the reason for the abnormal pap was - call your doctor's office tomorrow, and they'll be able to explain to you why you need a follow-up.

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nina_brown04
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Well I called and the only thing they told was they found "abnormal cells".


?????????

She told me not to worry though.

(I talked to a nurse by the way)

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Okay.

In the interim, if I recall, your obyfriend doesn't use condoms during sex with you, so is HE up-to-date with his STI screenings? if he isn't, now would be a good time for him to do that.

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Yeah he had a full screening not too long ago.

You think its std related?

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There's no prediciting that, but as that is one reason for an abmornal pap, it's something to be sure you've got all your bases covered with.

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Oh ok. I understand.

Question about HPV.

I heard that there isn't a test to screen men for this. Is that true?

He had a full std screening and they said everything was fine and he was negative for everything. Would that include HPV?

(He had the screening before we started having unprotected sex)

I have started to have a little off and on itch so maybe I have another mild yeast infection. Discharge looks ok though so I don't know.

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HPV is very difficult to screen for in men -- not AS difficult in women, but also similarly iffy. A visual exam (for wart strains) and a pap smear (for all strains) is the only way to screen right now, and it's fairly nonspecific. Often, patients will only be told they have HPV if they wind up with cervical cancer, or have abnormal cervical cells that can't be explained by anything else.

With men, again, you have a visual exam for warts, though those which aren't external aren't able to be seen. And that's about it: no way yet to screen for most of the strains of HPV which do NOT create warts.

But since, as I recall, he only had the one screening before you two started going without, it'd be sage for him to get a second screening six months after his first.

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