What does a mildly abnormal Pap smear mean?
The changes are almost always a sign of an HPV infection.
ASC-US is the most common abnormal Pap test result.
Low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (LSIL)—LSIL means that the cervical cells show changes that are mildly abnormal.
LSIL usually is caused by an HPV infection that often goes away on its own..
What can cause an abnormal Pap smears besides HPV?
Trichomoniasis and Other STDS Another one of the more common abnormal Pap smear causes, especially in women aged 16 to 35, is the sexually transmitted disease trichomoniasis. As NLM explains, trichomoniasis can cause many symptoms, such as the following: Vaginal itching. Vaginal odor.
Should I be worried about abnormal Pap smear?
The fact is, an “abnormal” Pap result does not usually mean cancer, and HPV is exceptionally common to the point that almost all of us have been exposed to this virus and have had a transient infection. Since the vast majority of cervical cancers are caused by HPV, it is important to test for it regularly.
What do I do if my pap smear is abnormal?
If your Pap smear is abnormal, your doctor may perform a procedure called colposcopy using a special magnifying instrument (colposcope) to examine the tissues of the cervix, vagina and vulva. Your doctor also may take a tissue sample (biopsy) from any areas that appear abnormal.
Should I be worried if I have HPV?
Nope. HPV is passed by skin to skin contact of the genital area so anyone who has ever been sexually active can have HPV. It is more common in young, sexually active people, however, the immune system will usually clear the infection so this isn’t really something to worry about.
Can abnormal Pap smears mean infertility?
Whether you need treatment before trying to fall pregnant depends on the cell change severity. Women with low-grade abnormalities who are up to date with their Pap smears are fine to go ahead and conceive. Women with high-grade abnormalities should talk through their options with their doctor first.