Most women diagnosed with ovarian cancerdo not have abnormal paps, so that is not a red flag by itself. The fact that you are post-menopausal slightly increases your risk for malignancy versus if you were pre-menopausal. Cysts grow at different rates so it is impossible to tell how long it has been there.
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Can a Pap smear detect ovarian cysts?
It could be possible that a pap smear detect ovarian cysts? No: The pap smear tests for abnormal cells in the cervix. Sometimes we see cells that shed from the endometrium or fallopian tubes that exit through the …
What can cause an abnormal Pap smear result?
In addition to HPV, other infections can cause inflammation and microscopic changes that can be detected during a Pap smear, causing an abnormal result. According to the University of Michigan, infections that can alter the results of your Pap smear include:
Can other infections show up on a Pap smear?
Although Pap smears are primarily done for HPV and cervical cancer screening, they can also detect other abnormalities in your reproductive system. In addition to HPV, other infections can cause inflammation and microscopic changes that can be detected during a Pap smear, causing an abnormal result.
Does an abnormal Pap test result mean I have cancer?
One of the most common reasons for a Pap test is screening for cervical cancer. However, as NLM reports, an abnormal Pap test result does not automatically mean that you have cancer.