Pap Test

Pap test or Papanicolaou test or smear is the procedure, where the doctor collects cells from the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus. Here, the tissue lining the cervix is gently scraped off, and the cells that are collected are tested for cervical cancer.

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Query: Hi doctor, I want to know about the tests to check for sexually transmitted disease or not? What kind of test should I go through, a blood test or urine test? Please state the procedure in the description.  Read Full »

Dr. Rajeev Chandra Shekhar Shrivastav


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Chlamydia and gonorrhea and other STD (Sexually transmitted disease) such as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), syphilis, HPV (human papillomavirus), and hepatitis occur when: You are a sexually active girl or woman under age 25. You are a man who has sex with men....  Read Full »

What are the risks of conducting biopsy on a pregnant woman?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 30 years old and 20 weeks pregnant. I got an abnormal pap result with ASC-H. I had another pap two years ago and it was normal. My doctor wants to do a colposcopy and biopsy. However, I read that it does result in complication when biopsy is performed on a pregnant woman. Can I do bi...  Read Full »

Dr. Radhakrishnan Nair B

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your situation and concern. You have to undergo colposcopy and if necessary biopsy too. It can be done during pregnancy and the only problem may happen is mild bleeding, which can be managed. If the lesion is mild, then it can be followed up. Moderate to ...  Read Full »

What does it mean if I test positive for HPV with abnormal pap test?

Query: Hello doctor, My gynecologist told me that I had an abnormality in my pap test, and I have HPV. Eventually, she will need to look at my cervix to make sure what strain it is. The information she gave me was very bland. All she told me was that if I have sex just use a condom, which I always do. But...  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to May I know what was the abnormality detected on your pap smear? As per your gynecologist, if you have got HPV (human papillomavirus) infection (high-risk HPV strains), that is responsible for the development of cervical cancer, you need to be further evaluated. So y...  Read Full »

From the picture and symptoms, please conclude whether it is HPV or vestibular papillomatosis?

Query: Hello doctor, Would you please take a look at the attached pictures and diagnose as the felt symptoms are rare itchiness. Is this HPV or vestibular papillomatosis?  Read Full »

Dr. Jimesh H Mavani

General Practitioner, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is vestibular papillomatosis. But tell me the answers to some questions. Since when it is present? Painful or not? Is it also present in areas other than mentioned in the photo? If it is s...  Read Full »

Is it safe to undergo hysterosalpingography test with inflammatory pap?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 34-year-old woman. I have a 3-year-old son and I have been trying to conceive my second child with no success during the past several months. During the pregnancy with my son, I had a cervical cerclage placed, which was not removed at the cesarean section (the doctor forgot). ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jimesh H Mavani

General Practitioner, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do not think much. If you have a negative culture and you had course of antibiotics after an inflammatory pap test then, mostly infection or active insects are removed from the cervix. Now in hysterosalpingography dye is pushed inside the uterus and two or three x-rays ar...  Read Full »

What does an abnormal pap test with brown mucus discharge imply?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had abnormal pap tests for the past four years. Now I am having really thick light brown mucus discharge almost daily. The last one this morning was bigger than a quarter. What could this be?  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. At the age of 29 years, I would want to know what the abnormality in PAP smear was? I hope it is LSIL (low-grade squamous intra epithelial lesion) or ASCUS (atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance) or only mild dysplasia. Any of t...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to undergo biopsy for an UTI?

Query: Hi doctor, My aunt is suffering from urine infection. Doctor advised her to go for a biopsy to find out the cause. My concern is, is it safe to get a biopsy?  Read Full »

Dr. Megha Tuli Gupta

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understood your concern. But, biopsy is not recommended for any form urinary tract infection (UTI). Biopsy is a test of a small amount of mass which is usually done when cancer is suspected. For further assistance consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online...  Read Full »

Why do I have light pink colored discharge?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a light pink colored discharge for almost three weeks. Usually, it will go off, but this time it has not gone. I am expecting menstrual cycle for two weeks. My color is generally brown before and after my period. My PAP test was fine. I always use condoms on and off with my partn...  Read Full »

Dr. Tara Devi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since you have the discharge for three weeks, it has to be evaluated. It is good to hear that your PAP smear (papanicolaou test) is normal. You may have spotting due to some hormonal imbalance or uterine pathology. Do serum TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), serum beta ...  Read Full »

I was advised to get a Pap smear test done. Will it hurt?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old female in a long-term relationship with a girl. We have both never been in a relationship with anyone else nor had any sexual activity with other people of either gender before. Do I need to get my Pap smear test done? I have recently been to my gynecologist¬†and was...  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? I do not see any reason for you to get the test done. Let me explain why. Pap smear or Papanicolaou smear is taken from the outer and inner surface of the cervix called ectocervical and endocervical area respectively. When your cervix, especiall...  Read Full »

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