A Pap smear is done to check for abnormal cells in order to rule out cervical cancer. This quick and painless check can is a great way to monitor your health.
What is an Abnormal Pap Smear?
An abnormal Pap smear may indicate a wide variety of things, and is no cause for alarm. Abnormal Pap smears can mean a simple infection or inflammation; herpes; dysplasia (abnormal cells that can be pre-cancerous); trichomoniasis; recent sexual activity, or genital warts. An abnormal Pap smear means that you will need further testing, but does not automatically mean that you have cervical cancer.