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Pap Smear

Papanicolaou test or otherwise called a Pap test or smear is the procedure used to collect cells from the cervix (lower part of the uterus). It is a routine procedure, where the tissue lining the cervix is gently scraped off. These cells are then tested for any abnormality, which might be indicative of cervical cancer.

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What is polypoidal endocervicitis with focal squamous metaplasia?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother was facing frequent urination problems. So she took a urine routine, culture, and abdomen scan. The urologist said everything was fine except that blood traces are found in urine and fibroids are present. So, the doctor advised her to meet a gynecologist. The gynecologist che...  Read Full »

Dr. Manwani Saloni Dilip

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The Pap (Papanicolaou test) smear report shows inflammation (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), which means some infection could be due to the cervical polyp. Have you been given any antibiotics? The smears would need to be repeated to com...  Read Full »

Can you kindly explain my Pap smear result taken for foul-smelling discharge?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a history of foul-smelling discharge smelling like a dead rat, so I took a Pap smear. Can you kindly explain my Pap smear result, what it means and what medication I should use? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Navajith A. Mani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Pap (Papanicolaou test) smears are the screening tool to assess cellular changes within the cervix. Documentation exists for varying levels of sensitivity and specificity for the test. Because the test is not 100% sensitive, it is important t...  Read Full »

My doctor suggested pap smear for irregular period. Should I worry about cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 24 years old. For the past two years, I have been having an irregular period cycle. My doctor recently suggested me to get my exam Pap smear. I have gained 60 pounds in the last three years. When I was younger, I had the HPV shots. I am nervous about the pap smear and having an ir...  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You should not be afraid of pap smear, having pap smear test does not mean cancer it is only a routine check-up. Your irregular cycles may be due to the hormonal problem, and there is no relation with cancer. You should do an ultrasound test of the pelvis and blood t...  Read Full »

Can Pap smear help diagnose the cause of vaginal discharge?

Query: Hello doctor,In my second pregnancy throughout the last three months there was a clear watery discharge with a foul smell, and quite a lot, my doctor did two vaginal cultures - both came out clean. However, at the beginning of the ninth month, she confirmed that this discharge was from the uterus. B...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Yes, the fowl smelling discharge has to do with the child's infection, which I believe you have a gonococcal vaginal bacteria infection. I suggest you kindly take capsule co-Amoxiclav (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid) 625 mg orally twice dail...  Read Full »

Is it possible for me to have cervical cancer when my pap smear is negative?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 19-year-old female with a weight of 60 kilograms. I have consulted many doctors to know the cause of my issue. I have a list of symptoms such as headache, swollen lymph nodes, chest pain, bone, muscle, and joint pain, low-grade fever, pelvic pain, irregular periods, vaginal discharg...  Read Full »

Dr. Uphar Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have an unlikely chance to have cancer in the cervix as you have a negative pap smear. Generalized pain or malaise occurs due to autoimmune disorders and it shows raised ANA (antinuclear antibody) levels. Do not be worried. You can take medications and it helps you ...  Read Full »

My wife had spotting and cramps after periods. Are these symptoms of cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife had a cervical tumor or some kind of growth when she was a teenager. Whatever it was, medication took care of it for her. Now she is 31, has three kids, and in the last few months, she experiences spotting and cramps one day after her period ends. She has a Pap smear appointmen...  Read Full »

Dr. Nadia Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for sharing this information here. First of all, I would like to see her reports from the previous diagnosis and treatment and only then I would be convinced that it was a tumor. Secondly, from your point, it sounds like it seems to be only a cervical polyp w...  Read Full »

I have white sticky discharge while on birth control pills. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently on Microgestin birth control and I have been instructed to take it constantly to have no periods. About a year ago, I was treated for chlamydia and never had a problem since then. About a month ago, I missed my pill for birth control while having the flu and a week back,...  Read Full »

Dr. Shruti Kainth Kaushal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. According to your history, it appears that you are suffering from vaginal infection. Because, without a problem there cannot be such an amount of discharge. Hormonal birth control pill increase the chance of vaginal discharge. But, in my opini...  Read Full »

I am having irregular periods and feeling fatigued. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 48 years old. I have been experiencing irregular periods, which I realize as normal as I am entering menopause age. Last month, I did not get my period. But, this month it has been a heavy and lengthy one for more than 17 days now. I felt the normal fatigue and today, I have been fe...  Read Full »

Dr. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you have bleeding and you have to change two to three pads per day, then you do not have to do anything for bleeding on urgent basis. At 48 years of age, if you are bleeding heavily, then better get an appointment and check your cervix and the other things. If requir...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my heavy bleeding during sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I have heavy bleeding during sex, but it is not painful at all, and the bleeding stops immediately after sex. It does not hurt while urinating, but I have a headache, and my lower back hurts every time.  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and will help you. I suggest you get a Papanicolaou (Pap) smear test to identify the underlying etiology. Your doctor might recommend a colposcopy if your Pap test result is abnormal. Colposcopy is a procedure in which your doctor will examine...  Read Full »

I have dysuria, dysmenorrhea, and clots in my period. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35-year-old female. It has been a year since I started experiencing pain during my monthly period. I did not have any problems before regarding my period. Then, I experienced severe dysmenorrhea. I feel more unusual pain, especially when urinating. Heaviness leads to pain when u...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. It would be best if you had some investigations to reach the cause of the pain. Pain during menstruation could be premenstrual syndrome, but heaviness, painful micturition, and previous history of inflamed Pap smear...  Read Full »

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