Are you expecting a child? Has your doctor asked you to take a Pap Smear Test? If so, then you might be a bit nervous with a lot of ‘whys’, ‘hows’, and ‘whats’ running inside your head, right? However, there is nothing to be worried about. It doesn’t matter if you are pregnant or not, a Pap smear test is performed to find out any abnormal changes in your cervical cells that might become malignant if left untreated. And the good thing is, it is a part of your regular prenatal care and will not pose any kind of risk to your baby.
What if precancerous cells are found?
The presence of precancerous cell or cervical dysplasia is quite a common condition in women. However, having precancerous cells does not necessarily mean that you have cervical cancer nor does it affects the fetus. Therefore, it is very important not to panic and see your doctor for further treatments.
In most of the cases, the medical professionals wait and watch till the baby is born, to begin with, the treatments. But, on the basis of the diagnosis, if your doctor feels that something needs to be done immediately, he or she will discuss the options to treat those precancerous cells while not affecting the baby.
If precancerous cells are found during pregnancy, your gynecologist might recommend you to take a number of tests to determine the right treatment procedure for you. The tests include –
- Cervical biopsy or colposcopy. This test involves the magnification of your cervix to detect any abnormal cells for biopsy. While taking this cervical examination, you might bleed slightly from the external part of your cervix. Please don’t get afraid because there’s nothing serious about it.
- Endocervical curettage – It is an internal biopsy of your cervical canal to look out for abnormal growths.
- LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) or Cone biopsy – It is performed to detect invasive cancer.
What are the treatments options for cervical dysplasia?
The treatments for cervical dysplasia vary from one woman to the other. Plus, it also depends on a number of factors including age, pre-existing health conditions, history of cervical cancer in the family, etc. Most importantly, the treatment for precancerous cells involves a certain degree of risks including excessive bleeding, injuries, and other complications. Therefore, it is highly recommended to the patients to have a clear discussion with their doctors before getting started with any treatment for a healthy and happy pregnancy.