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Abnormal Period. Spotty Brown really light and on and off for only 3 days. Naseau, Loss of appetite

By December 10, 2009 - 1:07pm
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I am 30 years old. Had a bad pap that I will be seeking further test to understand next week. Never had one before. I feel it was more than likely an infection or something minor. (Praying). My period was supposed to start on Sunday (today is Thursday). I cramped so bad that it was enough to keep me in the bed all day. Never started a real period. I had light bleeding for abouth half of the day. It then turned to just dark brown spotting and lasted a couple of days on and off. Never enough to really worry with a pad. My periods are always normal and usually right on time. I have had a loss of appetite since Friday (so almost a week) I get nauseated everytime I try to eat. I have not felt well either though. Kinda cold symptoms. Soo maybe that could be my appetite loss. I think just because I have never had a bad pap, the events have gotten me a little worried. I was not too worried and didn't really think much of it until my period acted so strange. Any idea's would be helpful.

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Having an abnormal pap smear is common, and you can ask for more information from your doctor about what the results mean, and what your next steps are (what kind of testing will be done: a follow-up/repeat Pap or other test, for instance?).

This is the best online brochure in explaining Abnormal Pap Test Results from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). (just click on orange hyperlink)).

I would not concern yourself with an unusual period at this point, as it could or could not be related to the findings in your abnormal Pap smear. Many women have abnormal Pap smears throughout their lifetime, and they do not have any medical conditions, or it could be an infection or even virus that "clears up". Other women may have a medical condition "causing" the abnormal results, and there are many effective treatments that to speculate at this point would be too broad; the link I provided does briefly talk about all of the "causes" of an abnormal pap, what the next steps are and treatment options (if needed).

Some women can have an unusual/different period for no apparent reason (for you, it was very light bleeding, painful cramping and nausea). As you said, the nausea could be related to a cold, it could have been related to your period that was different-than-usual, or it could be related to a medical condition that will be revealed during your next set of testing at the doctor's office next week.

I hope you do not worry yourself too much about your abnormal pap results, because they really are common and usually are not connected with a significant medical condition. It is great that you are seeing the doctor--you are taking care of your health, and if you can continue doing things for yourself that lessen excess stress, help you feel relaxed and confident and happy, you will be able to talk with your doctor about test results more effectively.

Please review the information via the link I sent to you, and let us know what additional questions you have.

What additional information did the doctor provide to you about your abnormal test results, and what further testing are you scheduled to have next week? If you don't know the answers, it is a good idea to call your doctor's office and speak with a nurse, who can tell you this information from your medical chart so you can research it ahead of time and be prepared for the tests, what the tests are testing for, what options you have once you receive the results, etc.

Once you have more information, please come back to EmpowHER and we can provide you with more detailed information.

Hope to hear from you soon!

December 10, 2009 - 1:56pm
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