Hormonal contraception and false-positive cervical cytology: Is there an association?

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  • OBJECTIVE. The aim of the study was to determine if use of hormonal contraception influences the false-positive rate of cervical cytology when compared with loop electrosurgical excision procedure or cervical biopsy specimens. MATERIALS AND METHODS. We performed a case-control analysis of 328 women referred for colposcopy after an abnormal Pap test. Patients were divided into cases (true-positive cytology results) and controls (false-positive cytology results). Univariate analysis was performed using the χ and Student t test to identify factors associated with false-positive cytology. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to estimate odds ratios for the independent association of these factors. RESULTS. The false-positive rate for the entire cohort was 44.8%. Cases were more likely to be pregnant and postmenopausal (odds ratio [OR] = 4.98, 95% CI = 2.16-11.47; OR = 5.48, 95% CI = 1.23-24.36, respectively). Use of hormonal contraception was not significantly different between groups (OR = 0.56, 95% CI = 0.29-1.09 for combination oral contraceptive pills; OR = 0.89, 95% CI = 0.35-2.25 for progestin-containing contraception). Low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion results were more likely to be false positives (51%) than high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (27%) (p <.001). CONCLUSIONS. There remains a substantial lack of correlation between cervical cytology and histology. Use of hormonal contraception was not shown to increase a patient's likelihood of having a false-positive Pap test. © 2006, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 25772442
  • Author List

  • Hoekstra AV; Kosinski A; Huh WK
  • Start Page

  • 102
  • End Page

  • 106
  • Volume

  • 10
  • Issue

  • 2