A Pap test or Pap smear is abnormal if cells on the cervix show unusual behaviour. A Par smear test is usually done to detect pre-cancerous and cancerous growth and prevent it. If the Pap smear test shows abnormal, it does not necessarily mean that you have cancer, but that there is a fair likeliness to have cancer.
Abnormal Pap Smears during Pregnancy
Abnormal pap smears are common during pregnancy and are, sometimes, confused with cancer. Pregnancy in itself does not influence the abnormal cell changes in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus opening into the vagina. Abnormal pap smears during pregnancy signal the likelihood of cancer.
Being one of the rarest forms of cancer, cervical cancer is most frequently found during pregnancy. It is owing to this that Pap smear test is given utmost importance during prenatal care. The abnormal changes are a result of antigens, such as human papilloma virus (HPV), bacteria, protozoa and yeast. Natural cervical cell changes known as atrophic vaginitis may be another reason for an abnormal Pap test.
Pregnancy and Abnormal Pap Test
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