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Unread 07-17-2001, 09:31 AM
Atypical(?) Vaginal Smear

Hi Sisters! It's been awhile since I last visited. I had a TAH a year ago June for precancerous paps. I don't even know what CIN they even were. I had several colposcopys, LEEP, Cone Biopsies, etc. and those bad cells just kept coming back. Finally had everything removed! I know my DR screened for HPV and I think he told me I didn't have it. (He speaks broken English and very hard to understand). Anyway, I had a Vault Smear in May and the results from my vagina came back atypical. The nurse who called scheduled me for a repeat pap in Aug. and said we'll keep watching. As the days go by, I'm getting more nervous about this, especially after reading Robyn's history. Can atypical cells in the vagina just go away like they can in the cervix? Can they be caused by an infection that might clear up on it's own? How rare is it to have a vaginal smear come back positive for something? Anyone else out there had abnormal paps after hysto that just got better on it's own? So many unknowns! So scarry! Thanks girls!!
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Unread 07-17-2001, 10:33 AM
Atypical(?) Vaginal Smear

Abnormal paps can show up for a number of reasons, even something as simple as having sex the night before! Please don't get yourself all worked up for nothing. If you are really worried, then call the dr and see if they can do the test again now, rather than waiting. I do understand your worries, so I hope that I am not coming across as cold. I just don't want to see you get yourself all upset for nothing. Why not call the dr and atleast get his/her opinion.
Unread 07-17-2001, 01:55 PM
Atypical(?) Vaginal Smear

Hi Christy, hugs to you.

First of all , like Cyd says atypical cells can be caused by a no. of reasons. They can most definately be caused by an infection. Vaginal cancer is so rare and what has happened to me is very rare as well. My cells didnt keep coming back it was that they werent all removed in the first place i.e during the hysterectomy my cervix was torn and some abnormal cells remained.

Any abnormality is scary especially when there is cancer involved. The Dr. seems to be doing the right thing by keeping watch and as it is only atypical that is about all he can do.

So remember to keep a positive attitude and August we will be here before you know it. Dont forget that we are all here so if you need support please come and visit. Love to you x x
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Unread 07-17-2001, 06:00 PM
Atypical(?) Vaginal Smear

Hi, Christy!

I really don't have anything to add. It's already been said. But if you are uncomfortable about this, then call the doctor (or nurse). As a suggestion, if your doctor is hard to understand, ask to read your lab reports (my doctor is very easy to understand having been raised in the same area of the country as I was, but I always ask to read the report myself). Knowledge is so important. Ask about your HPV test again so you know for sure if that is a factor or not. Find out what grade CIN you had before the surgery. It might seem insignificant now since the surgery is past, but sometimes knowing all of the information can help make the puzzle a little more clear. Also, if your doctor is hard to understand and you feel awkward saying "huh?" try asking a question back to him to clarify. Something like "so you are saying the pathology report showed ..... which means ....." then he has to make a positive or negative response and at least you'll know if you're getting the information right.

Good luck with everything! Take a deep breath. There are a lot of reasons why a smear can come back atypical. The best things you can do while waiting are: get plenty of sleep, eat well (lots of fruits and veggies), and keep the stress low by taking time to pray, meditate, do yoga, take a quiet relaxed walk--something so you can just regroup for a few minutes each day uninterrupted. Give your body what it needs to take care of itself.


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