Abnormal Pap Test
When To Call a Doctor
Most problems that cause Reference abnormal Pap tests Opens New Window do not cause symptoms, so you won't know you have cervical cell changes. Regular Pap testing is needed to detect early cervical cell changes.
Call your doctor if:
- You have unexpected bleeding between menstrual periods, especially if you are not using any hormonal contraceptives, such as birth control pills.
- You have bleeding after douching or sexual intercourse.
If you think you may have Reference symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) Opens New Window, call your doctor for an appointment. Avoid sexual intercourse until you have been treated for your symptoms and can no longer infect your partner.
If your sex partner has symptoms of an STI, both of you should be evaluated by a doctor. If you have been diagnosed with an STI, such as genital warts, your sex partner(s) may want to be evaluated.
If you have had an abnormal Pap test, be certain to complete any additional testing or treatment that your doctor recommends. You and your doctor can decide how often Pap test screening should continue or whether other tests are needed.
Who to see
Your Reference family doctor Opens New Window or any of the following health professionals can manage an abnormal Pap test:
- Reference Nurse practitioner Opens New Window
- Reference Physician assistant Opens New Window
- Reference Internist Opens New Window
- Reference Gynecologist Opens New Window
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference February 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology