Abnormal Pap Test
Medicines may cure a bacterial, fungal, or protozoal infection and allow Reference minor cell changes called atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASC-US) that have caused an Reference abnormal Pap test Opens New Window to return to normal. HPV infection cannot be treated with medicine. The infection or inflammation changes of cervical cells are monitored in the following sequence:
- If an infection is identified, even though you may not have symptoms, nonprescription or prescription medicine may be recommended to eliminate the infection. The type of medicine used depends on the type of infection present. For more information on treatment for a specific infection, see the appropriate topic: Reference Chlamydia, Reference Gonorrhea, Reference Syphilis, Reference Trichomoniasis, Reference Vaginal Yeast Infections, Reference Bacterial Vaginosis, Reference Genital Herpes, or Reference Genital Warts (Human Papillomavirus).
- The Pap test is repeated at regular intervals as recommended by your doctor. If the repeat Pap test results are normal after the treatment of an infection, you can return to your normal Pap test screening schedule.
- If the Pap test remains abnormal after treatment, you and your doctor may choose Reference watchful waiting. Or a Reference colposcopy Opens New Window may be done to diagnose the cause of the abnormal test. Regular Pap testing allows you to monitor minor cervical cell changes.
Estrogen cream. Women near Reference menopause Opens New Window may have abnormal Pap test results because of normal body changes during menopause, such as cervical cell atrophy and estrogen loss. These minor cell changes may improve with the use of estrogen cream.
|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