Pap smear – Normal
If your test results are normal, no abnormal cells have been found. Negative findings are occasionally used interchangeably with normal outcomes. If your Pap smear findings are normal, you won’t need another one for three years.
Pap smear- Abnormal
If the test findings are abnormal, it does not necessarily indicate that you have cancer. It simply implies that your cervix has aberrant cells, some of which may be precancerous. Abnormal cells exist on numerous levels:
- severe dysplasia (severe dysplasia)
- in situ carcinoma
The presence of milder aberrant cells is more common than severely abnormal cells. Depending on the findings of the tests, your doctor may suggest:
- Increasing the number of Pap smears you have
- Using a procedure called a colposcopy to have a better look at your cervical tissue
Your doctor will use light and magnification during a colposcopy exam to observe vaginal and cervical tissues. In some situations, they may perform a biopsy to obtain a sample of your cervical tissue.