Abnormal Pap Smear

Bayard Street Obstetrics & Gynecology -  - OB/GYN

Bayard Street Obstetrics & Gynecology

OB/GYNs located in Lower Manhattan & Brooklyn, New York, NY & Flushing, NY

An annual Pap smear helps alert you to cancer. Sometimes your results come back abnormal, but an abnormal Pap smear doesn’t necessarily mean you need to worry that you have cervical cancer — but it does mean you need to weigh your options. Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology, conveniently located in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Flushing, New York, are experts in gynecological disorders affecting women like you. Call or schedule an online consultation today.

Abnormal Pap Smear Q & A

What is a Pap Smear?

Also called a Pap test, a Pap smear is a quick procedure that can help to determine whether you have cervical cancer. If you’re between age 21-65, doctors recommend you get a Pap smear every three years.

During a Pap smear, a doctor at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology inserts a small, soft brush or spatula to collect a small sample of cells from your cervix, which sits at the back of your vagina. Those cells are then sent to a lab to test for precancerous or cancerous cells. You typically find out your results in a few weeks. If the results are abnormal, someone on the medical team calls you to discuss your next steps.

What is an Abnormal Pap Smear?

An abnormal Pap smear means the test found unusual or abnormal — however, try not to be overly alarmed. This doesn’t mean you have cervical cancer.

To give you peace of mind, the women’s health experts at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology explain what your results mean and answer all of your questions. Here are some of the unusual or abnormal cell types you might hear them mention:

  • Atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS) - The presence of these cells doesn’t necessarily mean you have precancerous cells on your cervix.
  • Squamous intraepithelial lesion. - The presence of this type of lesion means there’s a risk your cells are precancerous. The risk can be low-grade or high-grade.
  • Squamous cell cancer or adenocarcinoma cells. - The presence of these cells is a warning sign you almost certainly have cancer.

How is an Abnormal Pap Smear Treated?

The doctors at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology will likely suggest an in-office procedure called a colposcopy. The procedure is named for a special magnifying instrument called a colposcope.

A colposcopy allows your doctor to see the tissues on your cervix. They also may take small tissue samples from your cervix to analyze and determine whether you’re at risk for cervical cancer or already have the condition.

If you have cervical cancer, rest assured you have many treatment options. Your doctor at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology walks you through the range of treatment options, which may include surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation.

If you’re worried about an abnormal Pap smear and are seeking medical information you can trust, call today or schedule an online consultation with the experts in comprehensive gynecological services and disorders at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology.