If you have an abnormal Pap smear result, it doesn’t necessarily indicate a serious problem, and you’re in safe and experienced hands with Emilio Juncosa, MD, FACOG. At his private practice in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Dr. Juncosa and his experienced team provide Pap smears and, if you have an abnormal result, rest assured they can guide you through the steps to protect your reproductive health. If you have concerns or questions about an abnormal Pap smear, call Emilio Juncosa, MD, FACOG or simply click to book online.
After the age of 21 or within three years of becoming sexually active, women are encouraged to begin getting Pap smears, at least every three years. A Pap smear is a screening tool and effective preventive care method to detect dysplasia or abnormal cells in the cervix.
Staying up to date with your regular Pap smears increases your chances for early detection and treatment of any potential problems, such as cervical cancer.
An abnormal result means the cell sample taken during your Pap smear shows some abnormalities or something on your Pap smear needs further investigation. An abnormal Pap smear might indicate abnormal cells or an infection.
Keep in mind that an abnormal Pap smear doesn’t mean you have cancer or a serious problem; the results show that further testing is needed to verify whether or not there’s a problem.
An abnormal Pap smear could point to:
One of the leading causes of cervical cancer is HPV.
Emilio Juncosa, MD, FACOG takes time to explain your abnormal Pap smear results and the next steps in detail, so you feel more prepared and comfortable and know what to expect.
Following an abnormal Pap smear, your provider usually suggests additional testing, such as another Pap smear or colposcopy. Further testing can help them determine if you have inflammation, an infection, a sexually transmitted disease, or another health complication or condition.
With a colposcopy, your provider gently inserts a speculum into your vagina and uses a special vinegar solution to paint the outside of your cervix to make any abnormal areas stand out. If they locate an abnormal area, they might take a biopsy for analysis.
Some Pap smears might reveal abnormal results due to recent sexual activity or the use of certain douches or vaginal creams. No matter the reason, an abnormal Pap smear requires further testing and another Pap smear in a few months to protect your reproductive health and be on the safe side.
If you have an abnormal Pap smear, you need personalized and attentive care. Schedule online or call Emilio Juncosa, MD, FACOG today.