Abnormal Pap

An abnormal Pap smear may indicate that you have an infection or abnormal cells called dysplasia.

What is an abnormal Pap?

An abnormal Pap (Pap smear) may indicate that you have an infection or abnormal cells called dysplasia. Such results just show that further testing should be done to see if there’s a problem.

What could cause an abnormal Pap result?

Some of the possible causes of an abnormal Pap smear include:

  • An infection or inflammation
  • Herpes
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Sexual activity
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus) 
  • Dysplasia

What is the treatment for an abnormal result?

A Pap smear is just a test, not a diagnosis. An abnormal result shows the presence of abnormal cells. A positive result does not prove that you have cancer or even dysplasia (a precancerous condition). However, it does mean further evaluation is needed, which may include another Pap smear, colposcopy, or biopsy. Then, if necessary, treatment will be prescribed. 

What check-ups are necessary after treatment?

Check-ups following treatment are necessary to make sure all the abnormal cells are gone and the cervix has healed. Early detection is key to minimizing the risk of cancer developing. After treatment, Dr. Jehangir will advise you on when you need to have routine Pap smears.

What if I have an abnormal Pap smear during pregnancy?

Having abnormal results does not pose a risk to your baby. If your Pap smear results are irregular, a colposcopy can be performed during your pregnancy. Further treatment, however, will probably be delayed until after your baby is born. Often, the process of giving birth will wash away any abnormal cervical cells.

Request an appointment in Austin, Texas

If you have had abnormal test results, our gynecological experts at Lotus can help. Currently, we have the following services to address an abnormal Pap smear:

To set up an appointment, contact Lotus at (512) 716-0971 or use the form below to make a request.


Fill out this form to request an appointment. A member of our team will be in touch to confirm your appointment.

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