What does my pap smear result really mean? OBGYN Crete, IL.



Duni Women's Healthcare (DWH) Offers a full spectrum of gynecologic and women's health care which includes preventative care such as annual pap smears in Crete, IL.


What does my Pap smear result really mean?
Although most Pap tests come back as normal, it’s not unusual for the test results to be abnormal if you are a young woman.

The following words explain Pap test results:

Normal – This means that your cervix is healthy. Your provider will tell you when you need your next Pap test.
Unsatisfactory – For some reason the sample of cells was not a good sample and can’t be read by the lab technician. Your provider will let you know when the Pap test needs to be repeated.
Benign changes – This means that your Pap test was basically normal. However, you may have an infection that is causing inflammation of the cervical cells. You may need a pelvic exam to check for the cause of the infection and prescribe treatment if needed. Ask when you should have your next Pap test.
ASCUS – (which is short for “Atypical Squamous Cells of Undetermined Significance”) This simply means there are some funny looking cells on the test and more tests may be done to figure out if HPV (human papillomavirus) is the reason for the changes.

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