What happens when a pap smear test is shown as abnormal?

  • Posted on: Jun 30 2020
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At Columbus Women’s Care, we believe in having women visit their gynecologist on a regular basis, typically once a  year for a comprehensive gynecological examination. During this time, our doctor will take a sample of cells from the cervix to test for a wide range of conditions, specifically uterine cancer. This diagnostic test is called a pap smear and is performed regularly for most women. However, there are times when patients may receive an abnormal pap smear result. This is nothing to worry about! The team of Columbus Women’s Care in Canal Winchester, OH will further evaluate the patient to determine the cause of the abnormal results.

What causes an abnormal pap smear result?

There are many reasons why a pap smear test may come back with abnormal results. Below are just a few of the factors that may impact the results:

  • Cervical or vaginal infection
  • Dysplasia (abnormal cells that may be pre-cancerous)
  • Recent sexual intercourse or activity
  • Inflammation
  • Trichomoniasis
  • HPV (Human papillomavirus)
  • Herpes (HSV-2)

How often might an abnormal pap smear result occur?

In most cases, an abnormal pap smear is not a serious matter. If the cause of the abnormal pap smear result is unknown, women might be asked to return within a few months to complete the test again. However, in most situations, our team is able to further evaluate the patient to determine why the result developed as abnormal. Patients should be sure to avoid using vaginal douches or have sexual activity close to having their pap smear performed to reduce the risk of an abnormal result. Patients who have other conditions that are impacting their pap smear results will want to work with their doctor to diagnose these issues, treat them, and get back onto the road of reproductive health and wellness.

Are you overdue for a pap smear or have received an abnormal pap smear result?

Contact Columbus Women’s Care in Canal Winchester, OH today to speak to one of our professionals about the solutions needed to obtain optimum care. Call (614) 755-4200 to request an appointment with one of our providers and starts taking charge of your reproductive health!

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