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Pap smear reports says smears reveal many superficial, intermediate & few metaplastic squamous cells. A few groups of endocervical glandular cells are seen. The background shows few neutrophils & bacteria. Interpretation : Benign cervical smears. Negative for intraepithelial lesion or malignancy. What does it mean?
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Dr. Neelima Deshpande
Sexologist 26 yrs exp Pune
Thank you for your question. Ideally your gynaecologist who did your smear is responsible for communicating and interpreting this result as well as guiding you about the correct follow up protocol. You have already paid for this. To put your mind at rest I can reassure you that this report suggests your cervix is normal at the time the test was done. There is no evidence of early or precancerous cells or changes suggesting an infection that can predispose you to the same. It means that you have nothing to worry regarding the health of your cervix. If you have only one sexual partner and that person also only has sex with you this test can be repeated every three years. However if you or your partner have unprotected sex with more than one person your risk for getting the infection predisposing you to problem with the cervix increases and then you must ensure you do not miss having your test when your doctor advises. You can read more about cervical cancer screening on Please note that some time scales may not apply to us here in India. The UK cervical screening program is very well established and systematic. But the leaflet will give you a good idea about why you had the test and what happens with it. Best wishes
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