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Abnormal Pap Smear Management Specialist

Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology

OBGYNs located in Fort Worth, TX

Every year over 50 million Pap smears take place in the United States, and approximately 5% of them (more than 250,000) have abnormal results. Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology, with two locations in the Medical District of Fort Worth, Texas, offers customized abnormal Pap smear management, including additional testing and treatments to identify and resolve the condition that caused your abnormal results. Call Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology or make an appointment for your next Pap smear online today.

Abnormal Pap Smear Management

Why do I need a Pap smear?

Many women’s health issues, such as cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV), don’t cause symptoms in their early stages. A Pap smear is a quick and relatively painless test that screens for these diseases so that you can get the treatment you need before your health is negatively affected.

What happens if I have an abnormal Pap smear?

It’s not uncommon to have an abnormal Pap smear, so don’t panic. In many cases, an abnormal result could be inconclusive, which means that the cells didn’t look normal, but they also didn’t seem abnormal. 

If your Pap smear is abnormal, your doctor at Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology schedules additional testing to determine why your Pap smear was abnormal. They often perform another Pap smear. If you didn’t have an HPV test at the same time as your Pap smear, they include HPV screening with this test. 

Your doctor may also recommend a colposcopy. During a colposcopy, your doctor uses a speculum to hold your vagina open and positions the colposcope outside of your body. A colposcope is a microscope that allows your doctor to see your cervix in magnified detail. During the colposcopy, your doctor might take a biopsy for additional testing. 

What are the causes of abnormal Pap smears?

Your abnormal Pap smear could be due to a wide range of factors. For example, you may have inflammation due to an infection like a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. You may also have an STD such as herpes, HPV, or trichomoniasis. 

It’s also possible that your abnormal results are precancerous or cancerous cells. 

What is abnormal Pap smear management?

The doctors at Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology offer customized treatment plans to address abnormal Pap smear results. Depending on your condition, your abnormal Pap smear management plan may include destroying or removing your abnormal cells with cryosurgery or loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). 

If you have an infection, your doctor can prescribe medication to help your body fight off the illness. However, if your abnormal results are due to herpes, your doctor works with you to implement a wellness plan to reduce flare-ups and keep you healthy.

If you’re due for a Pap smear or have had abnormal results and are looking for experienced and compassionate doctors, call Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology or make an appointment online today where abnormal Pap smear management is a specialty.

If you’re due for a Pap smear or have had abnormal results and are looking for experienced and compassionate doctors, call Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology or make an appointment online today where abnormal Pap smear management is a specialty.