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Genital skin concerns
Posted on: 06/28/2007
I was recently told that my pap smear was abnormal. I have been trying to research on reasons for abnormal paps and havent really found some straight answers. I have been experiencing little skin toned bumps. They itch a little but do not burn and they come and go quickly. I am worried is this the reason for the abnormal pap and what could they be?
There are many different levels of abnormal paps, that is why it is hard for you to get a straight answer. You should ask your doctor for a copy of your report if you want to know exactly what you have.
The first two levels of abnormal peps are "benign reactive and reparative change" and "ASCUS-atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance". These can be caused by anything or nothing and usually your doctor will just have you come back for a repeat smear in 3-12 months.
After that you may have pap reading that says SIL (Squamous Intraepithelial lesion). These have the potential for going on to become cancer. These seem to be caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). If you have SIL you will need close follow-up or even more testing. HPV can cause little bumps on you--so those bumps might be related to your pap, you will need to show them to your doctor and ask him/her.