An abnormal Pap smear result can be concerning, but it doesn’t necessarily indicate a serious problem and you can rest assured you’re in safe hands with caring OB/GYN Smita Biswas, MD. At her two practices in Midtown East, New York City, and Flushing, Queens, New York, Dr. Biswas provides Pap smears and can help guide you through the steps following an abnormal Pap smear result. If you have questions or concerns about an abnormal Pap smear or your reproductive health, call Smita Biswas, MD, or click to schedule online.
Women are encouraged to start getting annual Pap smears within three years of becoming sexually active or after the age of 21. Pap smears are preventive care methods and screening tools designed to detect abnormal cells or dysplasia in the cervix.
Having regular Pap smears increases your chances for early detection and treatment of potential problems.
If you have an abnormal Pap smear, this means Dr. Biswas noticed some abnormalities or something on your Pap smear that warrants further investigation. An abnormal Pap smear might indicate an infection or abnormal cells. Remember that an abnormal Pap smear doesn’t mean you have cancer, the results just show that further testing is necessary to verify whether or not there’s a problem.
An abnormal Pap smear could indicate:
HPV is one of the primary causes of cervical cancer.
After an abnormal Pap smear, Dr. Biswas typically recommends additional testing, such as another Pap smear or a colposcopy. Dr. Biswas requires further testing to determine if you have an infection, inflammation, a yeast infection, a sexually transmitted disease, or another health condition or complication.
Some Pap smears might show abnormal results due to recent sexual activity or the use of certain vaginal creams or douches. Regardless of the reason, an abnormal Pap smear requires further testing and another Pap smear in a few months just to be safe and protect your reproductive health.
Dr. Biswas knows that an abnormal Pap smear result can cause anxiety and worry. She takes time to explain your results and only performs invasive procedures when necessary.
With a colposcopy, Dr. Biswas gently inserts a speculum into your vagina and paints the outside of your cervix with a vinegar solution to make any abnormal areas stand out. After locating an abnormal area, Dr. Biswas might take a biopsy of the area for analysis.
Cryosurgery involves freezing the abnormal cells. A cone biopsy is a procedure that involves removing a triangle of cervical tissue including the abnormal cells.
The LEEP procedure is similar to a cone biopsy, but Dr. Biswas inserts a loop-shaped instrument to remove the abnormal area.
If you have an abnormal Pap smear, you need the best possible compassionate care. Rest assured you can depend on Smita Biswas, MD. Call or schedule through the online system.