Just got news of an abnormal pap smear and im freaking out :(

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-30-2011
Just got news of an abnormal pap smear and im freaking out :(
Tue, 08-30-2011 - 12:26pm

The doctor just called this morning to inform me of a abnormal pap smear.. This is my first abnormal ever and I am freaking out! They scheduled for me to have a colposcopy but thats not for another month! I have been reading on the net that they should have gotten some kind of results saying how severe the changes were on the pap smear but they didnt tell me anything on the phone.. So now I have to sit here and wait a month before my next appointment.. I found out that I had a bacterial infection when I went for my exam a little over a week ago, they informed me of that and gave me meds, would that have caused the abnormal result of the pap smear? I have never been through this and would really appreciate any advice of someone who has been thru the same thing and the outcome.. I need to try and ease my mind some

Community Leader
Registered: 10-08-2002
Hello! I've been there and I was super freaked out too. I definitely understand what you are going through. When a Pap is abnormal, something is causing changes at the cellular level. A bacterial infection won't do that. One of the most common reason for abnormal paps is the HPV virus. It's so common. Condom don't prevent transmission and it often has no symptoms. Here's some more information:


This is what caused my abnormal pap. I had warts on my cervix, had them lasered off and haven't had a problem since. This was over 10 years ago.

Of course, there are other reasons for an abnormal pap.


It's scary, I know. But no need to panic. Chances are, it's something that can be easily fixed.

Let us know how you are doing!