WHAT ARE ABNORMAL PAP SMEARS?
A Pap smear is often a part of a routine well-woman exam. During this diagnostic, our team is able to get a clear view of your cervix and extract cells for examination. Also called a Pap test, this preventive measure is performed to detect any cervical abnormalities. If an abnormal result is found from your Pap smear, steps will need to be taken to assess the condition of your cervix to determine the proper diagnosis and proceed with treatment. At Lawrence Family Practice Center, we consider every possibility and use our expertise to restore your health. If your Pap smear results come back abnormal, our team in Lawrence, KS will reach out to you immediately to discuss your options.
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WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS?
In many cases, the cause for an abnormal Pap test will be the presence of HPV (human papillomavirus), a sexually transmitted infection. These abnormal cells can go away on their own, but certain types of this STI have been linked to the formation of cervical cancer. If your Pap test comes back abnormal, the following steps may include:
- Colposcopy to get a clearer view of the cervix
- An HPV test to assess the affected cells
- A LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) to biopsy cells in the lower genital tract
- A follow-up Pap smear after 6 – 12 months
Abnormal Pap smears FAQs
How long does it take to get Pap smear results?
Lawrence Family Practice Center is proud to work with laboratories that offer fast and accurate results. We will normally have Pap smear results back from the lab within 1 – 3 weeks. If you haven't received official notification of your results within that timeframe, please call our office for assistance. We can also let you know whether additional tests are necessary.
Should I be concerned about abnormal results?
If you have been told that your Pap test was abnormal, rest assured that we will do our best to answer all of your questions and to provide you with the care that you need. Of course, it is important that you follow up with our clinic for further evaluation. Abnormal results can be caused by various conditions that need to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
How often do I need a Pap smear?
Most health organizations recommend that women have a Pap smear beginning at age 21. Women under the age of 30 typically do not need an annual Pap smear unless unusual symptoms develop. However, some doctors recommend yearly testing regardless of age if your test results are abnormal. Our team can help you determine the appropriate frequency of your Pap smears.
KEEP YOUR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH IN CHECK
Having an abnormal Pap test result can be scary and intimidating, but our team is here with you every step of the way. If we detect an irregularity with your Pap smear results, our physicians will work with you to reach a proper diagnosis and craft a personalized treatment plan. When you join our Lawrence Family Practice Center family, we treat you like one of our own. Contact our office if you have any concerns about your reproductive health.