I had an abnormal pap smear what does this mean?

Posted by GPWHC on 14 February 2017
Tags: LEEP

Abnormal results from any test, can be scary.  In many cases, it ends up being nothing, but usually further testing is requested to make that determination, or figure out what might be going on.  If you’ve had an abnormal pap smear, one of the further procedures your doctor may recommend is called a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP).  This procedure is a common way to remove cells from the cervix, and uses a thin wire loop that acts like a scalpel.  An electric current passes through the loop, and cuts away a thin layer of the cervix, which is then saved and tested further. Local anesthesia and sedation is used to reduce pain, and a special paste may be applied to the cervix to stop bleeding.  Risks of the procedure include heavy bleeding.

The cells collected will be tested and it will be verified that they were adequately collected to prevent spreading, and if not, further treatment might be required.  A few things you can do to reduce the risk of cervical dysplasia, cancer and other pelvic issues are to quit smoking, have regular pelvic exams, limit the number of sexual partners and use condoms to prevent sexual transmitted diseases. If you are less than 30 years of age considering the Gardasil vaccine is another option.

The practitioners at Great Plains Women’s Health can provide more details and information if you have an abnormal pap smear and need a LEEP done.  If you have any concerns about any unusual symptoms you may be having, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. 

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