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Question: At my last pap smear the results came back
abnormal after subsequent testing they said I had minor dysplasia and they did a biopsy.

During the biopsy it hurt and they said I had hemorrhaged a little bit. She told me to expect some bleeding for the rest of the day.

Well that was a week ago and I still notice some blood only when I wipe myself after I've gone to the bathroom.

My problem is that today when I was showering I noticed a metallic
smell kind of like Iron. I put my fingers in my vagina and when
I smelled the metallic odor was extremely strong.

Keep in mind this has never happened before. So is this normal?




Dear Hollie,

Pap smear detects infections and abnormalities in the endocervix and endometrium.

Cervical dysplasia is a term used to describe an abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix, which may progress to cancer if not treated in time.

Cervical dysplasia may produce vaginal odor.

The most common cause of vaginal odor is bacterial vaginosis, resulting from an overgrowth of organisms normally present in the vagina.
Other causes are Cervix cancer and Vaginitis

Rarely, an advanced tumor of the cervix or vagina will cause a vaginal odor problem.

Dysplasia is the earliest form of pre-cancerous lesion recognizable in a pap smear or in a biopsy by a pathologist.

Dysplasia can be low grade or high grade

The risk of low grade dysplasia transforming into high grade dysplasia and, eventually, cancer is low.

The most important concept is that dysplasia is limited to the "skin" of the cervix, and has not invaded into the underlying tissue.

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