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05 Jul 2005

confused about using the pill & pap smear results
Ive been for my 1st gynie visit about 2 weeks ago. The reason for this is, since my periods started in high school, its been very painful, lots of head aches etc. Ive been using Ginette/Diane pill since then and Im now 28.
I do also suffer from a spastic colon, and therefore struggle with regular bladder infections, candida.
Our family has a history of endimetrioses.
At the procedure the gynie said everything looked fine. She suggested that I still use Ginette, but skip the white tablets for six months - she says that one dont have to suffer every month and is absolutely safe.
Is this true? What happens then - do one still ovulate? Wont my body build up a lot of excess blood? Also wont I experience a very bad menstruation after the six months?
Please also explain to me, when one use the Pill, do you still ovulate? If not, why can one fall pregnant if you skip a tablet.

A week after Ive been to this procedure, my gynie phoned me and said that the pap smear results says that there is a abnormal tissue found but they can't say what it is and I should come back for another pap smear in 4 months time.
What could this mean? Should I be worried?

I am sexually active.
It feels to me I dont understand my body after all these years.
Please explain this to me, or maybe refer me to a website where one can read about all this?

Thanks
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GynaeDoc
gynaedoc

01 Jan 0001

You do not ovulate on the Pill. When you miss the Pill, the hormone levels drop and breakthrough ovulation can occur. When you take the placebos for 7 days, there is obviously a decline in hormone levels but, if this occurs again because of mssing a Pill, the combined effect can result in ovulation. There is no build up of blood if you don't menstruate as the lining of the womb is thinned, so there isn't much to come down. It is reasonable to decrease the number of periods but, if you do this long term, the effects ae not known.
The pap smear result probably means that there was a mild abnormality that just needs to be followed up.

Best wishes
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