Abnormal Pap Smears

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If you’ve been told that you have an abnormal Pap smear, Women’s Health Associates can help you navigate the fear and anxiety, providing evaluation, care,  and management.

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What is it?

Regular examinations that include Pap smears are necessary to help prevent and treat any issues. A Pap smear, also called a “Pap test,” is typically part of your regular pelvic examination, and is used to check the cells on your cervix for any changes that can lead to cancer.

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When to have a Pap?

Current recommendations are for routine Pap testing to begin at age 21 and continue until age 65 unless there are special circumstances. Maintaining routine annual exams will ensure your doctor has the opportunity to keep your screening on track.

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What if it’s abnormal?

It’s important to remember that just because your Pap smear is abnormal, it doesn’t automatically mean you have cancer or some other life-threatening illness. In fact, cancer is usually not the reason most Pap smears are abnormal.

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What’s the treatment?

The most common reason for an abnormal pap is a vaginal or cervical infection that causes changes in the cells of your cervix.  In most cases, your body will clear the infection on its own. But when treatment is indicated, we’re here to advise and help.