If you’ve received an abnormal Pap smear result, then it’s normal to feel worried. You’ll probably have lots of questions about what happens next. We’re here to help answer them with help from an expert.
Rest assured, abnormal Pap smear results are more common than you might think. In fact, the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology says one in 20 women will receive an abnormal smear test result in their lifetime, but only one in 2,000 will have cervical cancer.
Keep in mind that Pap smears are done to prevent cervical cancer. Having an abnormal Pap smear does not mean that you have cervical cancer. The most important thing is to attend your follow-up appointment where your health care provider will be able to take a closer look at what’s going on, refer you for further tests, and provide any advice or support you need.