What will you need to do if you have an abnormal Pap test?
You may need more tests to find out if you have an infection or to find out how severe the cell changes are. For example, you may need:
Colposcopy, a test to look at the vagina and cervix through a lighted magnifying tool.
An HPV test. Like a Pap test, an HPV test is done on a sample of cells taken from the cervix.
Another Pap test in about 6 to 12 months.
A colposcopy is usually done before any treatment is given. During a colposcopy, the doctor also takes a small sample of tissue from the cervix so that it can be looked at under a microscope. This is called a biopsy.
Treatment, if any, will depend on whether your abnormal cell changes are mild, moderate, or severe. In moderate to severe cases, you may have treatment to destroy or remove the abnormal cells.