Table 2: Tests or Follow-Up Treatments That Health Care Providers Use for Abnormal Pap Tests
|Possible Test or Treatment||What It Is||What To Expect||What Your Health Care Provider May Recommend|
|Repeat Pap test||Same procedure as the first Pap test|
You may need to return for repeat Pap tests every 4-6 months until you have two normal results in a row.
After two normal results in a row, you can go back to having Pap tests at least once every 3 years.
|HPV testing||Procedure is similar to a Pap test.||If the test shows that you have HPV, your health care provider may recommend a colposcopy.|
|Hormone therapy||Cell changes caused by low hormone levels will go away, and other changes will remain.|
A repeat Pap test is done after 6-8 weeks.
If the results of the repeat Pap test are abnormal, your health care provider may recommend a colposcopy.
Can be done in your health care provider's office in about 15 minutes
Your health care provider:
Areas that are abnormal turn white from the vinegar and can be seen more easily.
You may feel nothing at all or a mild tingling.
|Depending on the results, your health care provider may recommend further tests or treatments.|
|Colposcopy with biopsy and/or endocervical curettage|
May cause mild pain and cramping (much like menstrual cramps)
You may have less pain and cramping if you take ibuprofen (brand names include Advil®, Motrin®, and Nuprin®) about an hour before the test.
You may have a brown discharge from your vagina for a few days afterward; you may want to wear a pad.
It takes several days for your cervix to heal. To help prevent infection and bleeding during this time:
|Depending on the results, your health care provider may recommend further tests and/or treatments.|