What does abnormal cells during a colposcopy mean?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
It could be HPV. I have had abnormal cells from a PAP from my last 3 paps. I have had a culposcopy 2 times due to that. My cells from my culposcopy showed abnormal. This drove the doctor to do further tests on the cells (they should have enough from the culposopy to do this). It revealed HPV. The doctor did further test to determine which strain of HPV I had (there are like 120 strains). The goal is to make sure it's not the strain that causes cancer. Mine was not (there are only a handful of strains that do). If it is HPV one treatment is to burn it off (cryosurgery) I had that done once. Not too bad...cramping and bleeding for days after. HPV can take 2-5 years to clear up on it's own without treatment. Since my treatment mine has not cleared up yet (almost a year later). About 85% of women get HPV in their lifetime so it is quote common. Its the most common STD. Their is now a vaccine for it but not to be used after 26years and not if you already have a strain of HPV (studdies show it doesn't help by then). All in all don't freak out. It's more common than you think. I asked 3 women at work when it first happend to me and 2 of the 3 had the same problem
- BlueLv 71 decade ago
With the coloscopy, they usually do a biopsy as well. The biopsy will be able to tell you if the abnormal cells are cancerous/pre-cancerous. Talk to your doctor about your questions. He or she should tell you what you need to know. Your doctor will recommend treatment if the abnormal cells are pre-cancerous.
- S HLv 61 decade ago
Stating the obvious...they are not normal. The abnormality is cause for concern since they need to discover what is causing the abnormality.