Nerissa S. Guballa, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Upper East Side, New York, NY
Undergoing regular Pap smears helps keep you protected from cervical cancer. If your test comes back with an “abnormal” reading, you may be concerned and fearful, but Nerissa Guballa, MD, puts your fears to rest with further evaluation and treatment. At her office, Nerissa Guballa MD PC, on the Upper East Side of New York, she provides expert analysis and additional testing when you have an abnormal Pap smear result or a positive HPV result. Call her office if you’re due for a Pap smear or need further information on an unclear result. You can also book an appointment online.
Abnormal Pap Smear Q & A
What is a Pap smear?
A Pap smear is a screening test to look for abnormal cervical cells that could indicate a precancerous lesion or cervical cancer. This test is easy to perform and can be performed also with the use of HPV (Human Papillomavirus) testing.
The sample is sent to a lab for analysis. You want regular Pap smears because they are key in identifying potential issues that affect your health. When identified early, irregular cells can be monitored, and sometimes treatment for precancerous lesions can prevent more serious complications.
You want regular Pap smears, however, because they are key in identifying potential issues that affect your health. When identified early, irregular cells can be removed and treated before serious complications arise.
What does an abnormal Pap smear result mean?
An abnormal Pap smear result doesn’t mean you have to panic. Abnormal results are fairly common and can result from something as simple and benign.
If your Pap test results come back as “positive” or “abnormal,” sometimes there is no need to panic. You may have an abnormal result due to:
- Yeast infection or bacterial infection
- Recent menses
- Recent coitus
However, abnormal Pap smear results can also indicate the presence of precancerous cells.
What are the next steps if a Pap smear comes back positive?
You may simply need a repeat Pap test if your first one comes back “abnormal.” In some cases, Dr. Guballa recommends additional diagnostic testing. You may undergo a colposcopy, an exam that may use a binocular microscope and high magnification to examine the cervix.
This procedure sometimes involves a biopsy in which she takes a small sample for further analysis. Depending on the results, further action like a LEEP or cone biopsy may be needed.
Schedule your Pap smear and exam by calling the office of Nerissa Guballa MD PC or using the online scheduler to book your appointment.