Nurse practition just left message - mildly atypical?? No pap in 14 years
I'm the one who wrote a couple of weeks ago. I had a pap smear done on 9/13/05...my first one in 14 years. I am 32 years old.
The nurse practitioner left the following message on my cell phone:
pap smear came back "mildly atypical" but has nothing to do with cancer or infection usually, but I need to repeat the pap in 6 months. She said it's a common result and could be due to a number of causes, including having sex to close to my pap date.
I know my pap result wasn't affected by sex, because it's been quite some time since I've had sex.
On the day of my pap smear, I was on the last day of antibiotics for a urinary tract infection. Could this have affected the result?
Is "mildly atypical" the same as "ASCUS"?
Is it really nothing to worry about like she made it sound?
I guess I'm a little on edge because it's been so many years since I had a pap.
But, I will NEVER miss another pap smear appointment. I have learned my lesson.
Any clarification or insight is very much appreciated.
Re: Nurse practition just left message - mildly atypical?? No pap in 14 years
ASCUS is considered a mild abnormality and basically means that your results weren't entirely normal but not entirely abnormal. So most doctors will repeat a pap in 6 months to see if the cells have returned to normal, or possibly turned into something different. It isn't a diagnosis that needs immediate treatment, but definitely follow up with your 6 month appointment. I just read that 60% of women with this diagnosis have no further problem after the initial pap smear. If there does happen to be something else going on, your Dr. will nip it in the bud long before it causes any serious problems. Try not to worry!