• Columbus, OH
  • 614.755.4200
  • CWC Beauty: 614.852.2940

What Happens When A Pap Smear Test Is Shown As Abnormal?

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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Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am – 2:00pm
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Holiday Hours For 2020

May 25th closed all day
July 3rd closed all day
Sept 7th closed all day
Nov 25th closed all day
Nov 26th closed all day
Nov 27th closed all day
Dec 23rd, 24th and 25th closed all day
Dec 31st closing at noon
Jan 1st closed all day

This message is for all of our patients, we hope all are staying safe, healthy, and following all the necessary guidelines presented by both the state and Federal Government. Due to recent reports concerning the Coronavirus, we are monitoring the CDC and Ohio Department of Health websites and taking necessary precautions. If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath and have recently traveled to China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, or Iran, or you have been exposed to someone potentially infected with the Coronavirus, please contact the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-427-5634 instead of scheduling an appointment at our office if you are exhibiting signs and symptoms of an upper respiratory illness (cold or flu-like symptoms).

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