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A few weeks ago a nurse practitioner gave me a pap smear. A few days later, she called back and said that there was some "bacteria on the smear" and that she would like me to come in again. I called her back immediately to schedule an appointment and made eight phone calls over a week's period that she did not return.

At this point, I am at a loss as to what to do. I have no idea what this condition is but her call did concern me a bit. However, since she did not return my calls, I don't know what I should do next.

Would you be able to give me an idea about what she might have found and also what the next steps should be--e.g., should I contact another doctor?

If it's any help, I am 54, in excellent health, and have been with the same partner for eight years.

Thank you.

Category: OBGYN

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I need to know the exact report of the Pap smear to be able to say if you should be worried, or not. In general, bacteria on the smear implies an infection, that would, at the most, need antibiotics. However, if there is no response with the earlier caregiver, it is best to have a Pap smear repeated at a reliable centre. That way you would be assured. All the best Please feel free to discuss further.


Dr. Aarti Vazirani
Category: Infertility Specialist
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecolog, BJMC,Civil hospital, Ahmedabad, 2008
Post Graduate: MS (Obstetrics & Gynecology), B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2008
Medical School: MBBS, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2004
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