(Closed) First pap smear experience! Long. (Possible TMI)

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

From the Center for Disease Control:

Most people with HPV never develop symptoms or health problems. Most HPV infections (90%) go away by themselves within two years. But, sometimes, HPV infections will persist and can cause a variety of serious health problems. Health problems that can be caused by HPV include

  • Genital warts (warts on the genital areas);
  • Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP), a rare condition in which warts grow in the throat;
  • Cervical cancer, cancer on a woman’s cervix; and
  • Other, less common, but serious cancers, including genital cancers (cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, or anus), and a type of head and neck cancer called oropharyngeal cancer (cancer in the back of throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils).

Just because you didn’t have any symptoms doesn’t mean you didn’t contract HPV. Be vigilant about pap smears – you want to catch any cellular abnormalities as quickly as you can!

Alcohol shouldn’t effect yeast growth. Sex, not changing underwear enough, wearing underwear that doesn’t breathe, etc can cause it. Some women are just more susceptible than others. I’ve never had one, but my SIL has them all the time!

Post # 4
9114 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Drinking heavily and/or regularly will cause yeast infections, yes. Alcohol turns to sugar rapidly, and obviously so do sweets — Yeast thrive on sugars.

So, while it is not “normal” to have yeast in a pap smear, it’s definitely likely yours is caused from drinking.


Alcohol Is One Of The Main Causes Of A Yeast Infection

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