If You Need Further Testing
If you had an abnormal Pap test, your healthcare provider will contact you for a follow-up appointment. You may require a repeat Pap test or a colposcopy.
What is a colposcopy?
A colposcopy is an examination of the cervix using a microscope called a colposcope.
What happens after a colposcopy?
If low-grade abnormalities are found during colposcopy:
- You may need repeat Pap tests or a repeat colposcopy procedure.
- You should have a Pap test every six to 12 months. When two normal results in a row occur, then you can return to regular Pap test screening.
If high-grade abnormalities are found during colposcopy:
- Treatment will be recommended. Most often these abnormalities can be treated successfully so that cancer does not develop.
- You should keep having Pap tests every year for at least 20 years.
What is the treatment for abnormal cells?
Your healthcare provider will discuss the procedures and treatments available including:
- Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP), a surgery that uses a thin wire loop to remove the abnormal tissue
- Laser therapy, which destroys tissue with a laser beam
- Cone biopsy, where a cone-shaped piece of abnormal tissue is removed from the cervix
- Cryotherapy, which destroys tissue by freezing
More information about Pap tests and Pap test results is available at paptestinfo.ca