Abnormal Pap test results can make you feel anxious and afraid of what’s to come. At Aventura OB/GYN & Associates in Miami and Hallandale, Florida, the compassionate physicians offer advanced diagnostic services, including a colposcopy, to find the underlying cause of your abnormal Pap test results or if your doctor discovers abnormalities during a routine pelvic exam. Aventura OB/GYN & Associates also has effective options available to treat your condition and give you the peace of mind you deserve. Schedule an evaluation online or by phone to learn more.
Your doctor performs Pap tests to identify abnormal cells in your cervix that can indicate the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells. Typically, you undergo Pap testing during your annual well-woman exam as a preventive measure.
Pap test results can come back showing abnormalities for a variety of reasons. Your test may also show abnormal results due to:
If your test reveals abnormal results, your doctor will recommend further testing to confirm the underlying cause. Further testing may include a colposcopy.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of more than 150 viruses that are transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, including sexual activity. HPV can cause genital warts and is a primary risk factor for cervical cancer. However, just because you test positive for HPV doesn’t mean you’ll develop cancer.
A colposcopy is a procedure your doctor uses to examine your vagina, vulva, and cervix using a special instrument known as a colposcope.
This instrument is a special magnifying device that allows your doctor to closely examine your reproductive organs to determine the cause of your abnormal Pap results or to investigate abnormalities found during a pelvic examination.
Your doctor inserts the colposcope into your vaginal canal. During the procedure, if abnormal cells are present, your doctor may perform a biopsy, taking a sample of tissue for further testing in a medical laboratory.
If your doctor removes tissue samples during your procedure, you may experience symptoms like light vaginal bleeding, discharge, and vaginal pain for 1-2 days. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers to prevent discomfort.
You can return to most of your normal activities without limitations. However, you do need to avoid using douches and tampons for at least a week. You must also refrain from sexual intercourse for as long as your doctor feels it’s necessary.
Your Aventura OB/GYN & Associates physician will call you to discuss the results of your colposcopy and discuss your next steps for treatment.
If you have concerns about an abnormal Pap test, schedule a consultation at Aventura OB/GYN & Associates online or by phone.
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