What does finding of "ascus cells" in pap smear test indicate? - Online Doctor Chats
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I am not sexually active, what could be the cause of abnormal cells?
Ascus cells are the most basic form of altered cells
They are not in any way a sign of cancer.
So no worries there
Now, As for why they may be present
have you had any infections recently? UTI etc?
UTI may be a months ago
Ok, that could be a cause.
But the other things that may cause it are a high sugar diet which makes the vaginal area acidic and encourages candidal growth
So that can irritate the cells in the area and cause some mild changes leading to ASCUS
I wouldn't worry though. Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly and maintain normal hygeine
And you can rest assured your next PAP smear will be OK
I have not had penetrative sex, but we did try though
Does that put my partner at risk?
I see, dont worry.
Just make sure your partner has been screened for STDs and you should be safe
My partner has also not had any other partner apart from me
and no, unless YOU have an STD (which is impossible given your history), your partner is at no risk
Then you guys should be fine
The hospital has told me they will get back to me in 4 days about why the test was done considering my history which I disclosed before the test
They suggested screening for HPV
But when the consulting doctor was informed about me being sexually active
she seemed confused and that is worrying me
Yhea, that's a smart screening test. You can get HPV from casual contact anyways.
Thats a good point
It doesn't have to be spread through sexual contact alone. Unfortunately even using a public restroom can spread it.
So when you say casual contact, I am just trying to understand if my partner has to take some tests just to be sure
Yhea, see there is a vaccine you guys can take to protect yourself from it if you like. You can both get screened, if negative, then get vaccinated.
By negative you mean, everything is normal right?
Ok what is the screening that my partner should undergo and what is the vaccine?
Just so that I can bring it up when I meet my doctor next
It protects you from the strains of HPV that are known to cause cancer and is safe for both men and women
How do men generally contract HPV?
There are many brands, so just get the one that is available in your area.
apart from sexual contact
Men get HPV from women and from less that careful hygiene in public places
Unfortunately, even clothing can spread it, so like giving your clothes to a dhobi guy can do it
that is helpful. I just want to make sure I know enough before suggesting a screening for my partner
not a very common occurance
I mean, it's no big deal, especially since you guys are exclusive partners
You can simply get the screening done the next time you have a checkup
No need to go specially for that
relax though, even if you have HPV, it's not a worrisome affair.
Hope so. One last question
You would just need to get PAP screenings a bit more often is all
How long do we refrain from any sexual activity? Till we sort this out completely?
Well, since you are getting the screening done, you could wait till then. But I'm not sure I see a reason to refrain at all
Why do you think you need to ?
Just wondering because as I told you we are the first partners for each other and exclusive. After a long period of courtship we just about got explore the intimate side of our relationship and so in general the idea of sex is causing paranoia in me
and this test right at this time is stressing out
Don't overthink it. HPV doesn't pose much risk in men. And it just means more frequent PAP smears for you
the pap smear is painful. is that normal?
Also i have slight bleeding after the test
That's not fun, i'm sure. But don't stress out
Hmm. Having never had one myself, i have no personal experience. :-)
but from what i have been told, it can sting and bleed a bit
a skilled Gyneacologist will know how to minimize the discomfort
you made me smile for the first time since i saw my test results. Thank you
Happy to help
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Oh Oh..one last question please
Okay...i just started, but i think i will stop right away
Thank you so much. Thats all from me for now
Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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