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02 Aug 2010

Confused about pap smear

I went to see my gynae last week for a routine check up but also because I was having a little bit of a discharge, itching and slight smell - nothing too bad. When she examined me she said it looks as if I have a bit of thrush. I had my pap smear done. BUt when the results came back it said it was normal. I don''t understand how a pap smear can be normal if I have thrush. Surely that should show up on the smear? Sorry, I would ask my gynae but she''s been impossible to ge hold of.

That also makes me question just how accurate the smear can be because if it misses thrush, maybe it will miss cervical cancer!

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01 Jan 0001

The pap smear is designed to look for cancer cells by a technique called cytology. This is not the best way of detecting infections. Also the thrush may be in the vagina only and not the cervix, so it would not necessarily be picked up on a pap smear.

Best wishes
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