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August 19th, 2006, 12:29 PM
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Hi,

I've never posted in here before but I didn't know where else to post this...

I will give you some background info on me and my situation:

I'm Jenny. 19 and married to Josh. I'm about 7-8 weeks pregnant (won't know until Sept 7th after the ultrasound) with my first child.

I got a letter in the mail today from my OB/GYN saying that my PAP smear came back abnormal. Then it goes further to say that they have to do some test to find out why but they can't do that test until after my 16th week of pregnancy. I've never had an abnormal PAP before so I'm worried and confused. I know that having an abnormal PAP can mean that I have cervical cancer but I don't know what else it could mean.

Any ideas are very welcome.

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August 19th, 2006, 03:35 PM
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It could either mean you have precancerous cells, an STD, or most likely, that its a screw up!!! If you've never had an abnormal pap before and you are in a monogamous (sp?) relationship then chances are your slides were misread and it's nothing. It's a pretty common thing. So congrats and GL!!!!
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August 19th, 2006, 11:50 PM
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I had the same problem and the only things I can remember having been told what could be wrong was STD or cervical cancer and I ended up having an STD
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August 20th, 2006, 08:22 AM
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If you've never had an abnormal pap before then it could be just a fluke. A lot of times if the pap is repeated it will be normal.

You need to call your OB ASAP and ask them to explain further.

I know where I work at when we do a pap if it's abnormal then we repeat it then if it's still abnormal we refer to an OB/GYN.

Good Luck!!
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August 20th, 2006, 01:11 PM
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It says in the letter that they will have to do a Colposcopy to help determine why my PAP was abnormal. Then it says that they can't do that test until I'm past 16 weeks in the pregnancy. It also says that they will discuss everything with me at my next appointment, which is Sept 7th.

Anybody know what a Colposcopy is?


And thanx for the support and suggestions!

Does anybody know if having EWCM has anything to do with an abnormal PAP? My CM is pretty creamy-white. eeek

Sorry if it was TMI!


Jenny

NVMD... I just looked up Colposcopy and I got a pretty good explanation.


I'm just wondering why they wouldn't just give me another PAP smear?
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August 20th, 2006, 06:58 PM
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Its very risky to do a pap in pregnancy, I am schedualed for one 6 weeks PP. Thats the crappy part, I was worried about something like that as my mom had cervical and ovarian cancer. I should have gotten one earlier but I didnt find out till I was pregnant how important they are. Your Dr will probably give you another after you give birth, I hope its nothing hun!
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August 20th, 2006, 08:38 PM
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Actually my OB assures me that it is perfectly safe to have a PAP while pregnant. They use a special kind of instrument that is made for pregnant women. I made sure to ask because a girl I went to school with claimed that she miscarried because of a PAP... my OB told me that she miscarried for other reasons because getting a PAP wouldn't cause that. So... I dunno but I can only trust what my doctor says.

I was also thinking about the STD part and it is possible because I haven't been tested in a bout a year. I have been with a few partners since my test and before my husband. They took my blood though at the OB and they told me that they would be testing me for 2 std's I can't remember which ones... the coldoscopy thing says that the doctor puts some kind of acidic something on my cervix and basically looks at it to see what he can see. SOo I'm thinking that they would be able to tell from the blood test if it was an STD right? AND I don't think they'd be able to tell from the coldoscopy if it was an STD if I understand the procedure correctly. But I'm not really sure... I think I'm just confusing myself.
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August 21st, 2006, 12:28 PM
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It can actually be very confusing. Both my sis and I had abnormal paps within a month and had colposcopy's. Mine came back that my cells were abnormal like I was pregnant (I wasn't, so my GYN was confused) and my sis came back that she had HPV. I am not positive, but I don't think HPV is detected by blood work. It's a VERY common STD so it is the cause of many abnormal paps and the cause of many precancerous cells (which cause the abnormal paps). A lot of abnormal paps are (like a pp said) misreads. I am not sure about doing it while preggo, but I am sure they wouldn't put you at risk. Good luck and hope it all goes well! Congrats on your pregnancy!
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August 24th, 2006, 06:42 AM
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I just wanted to add my two cents.

I just had a Colposcopy on Monday. I had an abnormal pap two months ago, but because of insurance issues and having to change drs., I was just able to get in on the 21st.
I am 22 and have never had an abnormal pap either until then. The colposcopy itself was uncomfortable but not too bad. It is basically just a prolonged pap, about 15 minutes, and they put vinegar on your cervix and watch it for 5-10 minutes to see if any of the cells change white. If they do, those are the abnormal cells. I had two places that turned white so they took two biopsies to test. They also scraped the opening of my cervix to test the cells there also. That part did hurt, but I lived. LOL.

I was told most likely, since they did find abnormal cells that it was probably HPV, but that just from looking at it, nothing looked cacerous or pre-cancerous. I wouldnt worry too much yet. Like the other ladies said, a lot of times its nothing at all. Of something small like an infection that can be treated.

Good luck!! And let us know how it goes!
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