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Abnormal Pap - Confused and Scared

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Old 01-13-2008, 01:33 PM   #1
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Abnormal Pap - Confused and Scared

I had an abnormal pap on 11/30.

It came back ASCUS
Negative for HPV - high risk and low risk.

On 12/17 - doc did a colposcopy.
Because she did not see anything especially
suspicious - she DID NOT do a biopsy.
She just brushed the surface and sent
it out to the lab.
This also came back the same - ASCUS.

I went to the office yesterday to get these
results as I had been waiting almost a month!
She gave me a brochure on cryotherapy
and something about how we could wait
and repeat the pap but if it gets worse,
we could have to do something more invasive.

Anyway, prior to going for my pap I had really
bad symptoms of infection, itching, burning,
and urinary frequency. Monistat 3 seemed to
clear these symptoms up. I have history of
vaginitis (bacterial and yeast) for many years.

Can an infection prior to the pap cause this?
If so, is it possible the pap could return to normal
on its own?

Or should I just go for the cryotherapy and stop
driving myself crazy.


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Old 01-13-2008, 05:19 PM   #2
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Re: Abnormal Pap - Confused and Scared

Bacteria can possibly cause abnormal paps. I have been in your same situation for nearly two years. This time my doctor is testing for two types of bacteria that might be causing my paps to come back abnormal. I am still waiting for the results....

Old 01-13-2008, 08:53 PM   #3
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Re: Abnormal Pap - Confused and Scared

Hi Marie,

I don't think you have anything to worry about. The majority of cases of ovarian cancer are caused by HPV, and you tested negative for HPV.

In addition, infections can definitely cause ASC-US results on Pap tests. The fact that the doctor found nothing to biopsy is also a positive.

When you add all of this together, the chances of there being any cancer is slim. And yes, your Pap will almost certainly return to normal on its own.

Big hugs,


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