Abnormal Pap Test
Because Reference cervical Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window cell changes that can cause an Reference abnormal Pap test Opens New Window rarely cause symptoms, regular Pap test screening to monitor cell changes is important.
Reference Human papillomavirus (HPV) Opens New Window infection, which is the most common cause of abnormal cervical cell changes, usually does not cause any symptoms.
A number of infections and Reference sexually transmitted infections (STIs) Opens New Window can cause an abnormal Pap test. STIs can have a variety of symptoms, including:
- A change in vaginal discharge (thicker, discolored, or bad-smelling) over a period of several days to 2 weeks.
- Pain, burning, or itching while urinating that lasts more than 24 hours.
- Pain during sexual intercourse.
- Pain in the pelvic or lower abdominal area.
- Itching, tingling, burning, or pain on the genitals.
- Sores, lumps, blisters, rashes, or warts on or around the genitals.
Only a small percentage of abnormal Pap tests indicate cervical cell changes that may progress to cervical cancer.
Symptoms of Reference cervical cancer Opens New Window may include:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding or a significant unexplained change in your Reference menstrual cycle Opens New Window.
- Bleeding when something comes in contact with the cervix (such as during sexual intercourse or insertion of a diaphragm).
- Abnormal vaginal discharge containing mucus that may be tinged with blood.
- Pain during intercourse.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference February 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology