In a woman’s lifetime, she can expect to have at least one pap smear come back with abnormal test results. The number of abnormal paps is about 5% overall. If you have ever had an abnormal pap smear in Rockville, MD, chances are there is nothing to worry about. However, Dr. Aliya Poshni, Dr. Leslie Masiky, and Dr. Adam Footer at Potomac Ob Gyn, LLC prefer to check it out just to be sure.
What Does an Abnormal Pap Smear Mean?
When there are changes in the cervix cells, also referred to as dysplasia, it results in an abnormal pap. Doctors use the results of a pap smear as their way to screen for and prevent cervical cancer. If you have an abnormal pap smear, your physician will call you into the office to advise you of the next step. However, an abnormal pap is not an indication of cancer, so don’t panic when you get a call from the doctor with these results. A number of things could have caused this result, such as:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Inflammation of the pelvic area
- An infection
- Sexual activity
- Genital warts
- Precancerous cells and/or cancerous lesions
An abnormal pap smear in Rockville, MD, causes the doctor to request further testing. Your doctor might want to do a screening for HPV or a Colposcopy as an attempt to confirm the result. Sometimes the doctor recommends various treatment or management procedures. These procedures may be as minor as a repeat of the pap test with frequent recurrence. Another treatment option is a LEEP, Loop Electrical Excision Procedure. It is also advisable for the patient to get the vaccine for HPV, which aids in the deterrence of future abnormal pap tests.
If you have had an abnormal pap smear in Rockville, MD, contact our staff at Potomac Ob Gyn, LLC. You can call (301) 569-6301 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Poshni, Dr. Masiky, or Dr. Footer.