Treatment after an abnormal smear result
Have your results come back labeled ‘abnormal’ in some way?
Results like this can be worrying, but remember you now have a chance to deal with cell changes before they become serious.
Women who are treated for abnormal cells are unlikely to develop cervical cancer in the future
Remember you’re not alone – the colposcopy staff are there to help you. And plenty of other women have been through this, too.
What happens next
Now that the abnormal cells have been found, they can be removed. Treatment simply involves removing the abnormal tissue from your cervix.
Treatment is successful 95% of the time
Most of the treatments are done under local anaesthetic and are very low risk.
Even with more complex treatments, complications from things like anaesthetics, infections or bleeding are rare, but can happen. Make sure you ask all the questions you need to.
You can find out more at Types of treatment.
After your treatment
To make sure your treatment successfully removed all the abnormal tissue, you’ll get a follow-up colposcopy appointment 6 to 12 months later. They’ll do a smear test at the same time.
Once that’s all clear you can go back to having your regular smear tests by your usual health provider. Remember to tell your friends and family to have their smear tests too.