Total Women's Healthcare of South Broward
OB-GYNs & Aesthetic Medicine Practice located in Hollywood, FL & Pembroke Pines, FL
Pap smears are a great diagnostic tool for women’s health used to detect early cell changes on the Cervix. An abnormal result is an opportunity that allows Dr. Siudmak and his team to take preventive measures and optimize your health . Dr. Robert C. Siudmak and his team at Total Women’s Healthcare in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, Florida, will perform your Pap smear and guide you through the process of understanding your results, diagnosis, remedies, and follow-up tests for abnormal results.
Abnormal Pap Smears Q & A
What is a Pap smear?
A Pap smear is a routine test that involves swabbing your cervix to detect any abnormal cells. The test is usually performed during your annual gynecological exam and involves taking a small swab and gently scraping the surface of the cervix to collect a sample of the cells. Pap smears allow Dr. Siudmak and his team to detect abnormal cell growth before it becomes a major health issue.
When a test comes back with abnormal results, it means that the doctor found cells on your cervix that are abnormal and require additional testing to determine if the cells are potentially cancerous.
What causes an abnormal result?
The most common reason for an abnormal pap test is the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that’s normally passed through intimate contact. There are more than 100 types of HPV and most sexually active women will have some form of the disease during their lives, often without even knowing it. HPV causes genital warts or changes in the cervix that can lead to cervical cancer. The Pap test detects these changes.
Other factors may also contribute to an abnormal result, Including:
- Infection, inflammation, or atrophic changes
- Trichomoniasis: A sexually transmitted disease
- Recent sexual activity
- A yeast infection
What are the next steps after an abnormal pap test?
If your pap test comes back with abnormal results, Dr. Siudmak and his team will determine a course of action based on your medical history and your risk factors, which could include:
- A wait-and-see approach with a follow-up pap smear in 6-12 months
- An HPV test
- A colposcopy and possible biopsy
If you already know you have HPV, and you have a history of abnormal pap tests, Dr. Siudmak and his team may simply retest in a year or sooner. If you don’t know whether you have HPV, a follow-up HPV test can detect the presence of the virus.
Dr. Siudmak and his team may decide to conduct a colposcopy, which will allow them to take a closer look at your cervix under magnification using a small lighted scope. After examining the area, tissue samplesmay be taken for further testing. The colposcopy is done in-office at either of the two Total Women’s Healthcare locations in Pembroke Pines or Hollywood.
We accept major PPO and HMO insurance plans. If you have additional questions, please give us a call and we will be happy to answer them.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Siudmak is one of the most caring, attentive and professional people I have ever met. His staff is incredibly friendly and personable"
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"Dr. Siudmak is a very caring, knowledgeable, and attentive doctor who has cared for my female health for 25 years."
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