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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I have not had my periods in six weeks. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have not had my periods in six weeks. I am recovering from an eating disorder but did not change anything from my diet (I did not eat less than normal but tried to eat intuitively). What should I do? Should I wait until my period comes back? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understand your concern. You can wait till you get the periods, or else kindly do the following tests: 1) Thyroid profile. 2) PAP (Papanicolaou test) smear of vaginal discharge for microbiology and others conditions like cervicitis. 3...  Read Full »

What are the tests used to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases?

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. Shrivastav Rajeev Chandrashekhar

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. When...  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 Bhaskaran

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. Moder...  Read Full »

Do I need a PAP smear if I have a long-term homosexual relationship?

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. Balakrishnan. R

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 »

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. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

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...  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 to c...  Read Full »

Can I continue tablet Vibramycin 100 mg suggested for foul-smelling and unusual vaginal discharge?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to inquire about seeing a gynecologist. My regular doctor is from another country and, he suggested medicine when I was there last month. Being here right now, I need the continuation of the medication as it was not complete. I need to know if I need to start from the beginni...  Read Full »

Dr. Natasha Bansal

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. I would like to know when did you stop taking this medicine? And what are your symptoms at present? According to that, I can suggest further. Sometimes, if the symptoms are not that severe, we can only suggest this medication for seven days. It...  Read Full »

Does a tiny bump in the cervix indicate cervical cancer despite normal PAP two years ago?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 45-year-old. I had a normal PAP two years ago. I have three children ranging from 5 years to 17 years. I am only on a low dose of blood pressure medication. I discovered a tiny bump on my cervix. It cannot have been there more than three months at most. I have no bleeding and have reg...  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the details you have provided, and based on the facts that you have been regularly following with your PAP (Papanicolaou test) smear screening, and also the last one being done just years ago being normal, the likelihood of this bump on cervix b...  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

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. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

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 »

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