Originally Posted by kels0311
Also my friend had a smear with abnormal cells few yrs back and they just re-done her smear....i wonder why i am being sent for a Colpo!?!
Ah, the wonders of pathology. I have learned that it is an amazingly inexact science. The most common abnormal result is ASCUS, meaning "atypical cells of undetermined significance." There is also a result of ASC-H which means atypical cells, high grade changes cannot be ruled out. Undetermined significance and cannot rule out high grade . . . that pretty much sounds like the same result to me! Still, many doctors will just re-test ASCUS and have a colposcopy for ASC-H.
Some doctors like to do colposcopy even for ASCUS if it's your first abnormal pap.
Sometimes the pathologist will say the result is LSIL (low grade) or HSIL (high grade). High grade cells usually mean further treatment, while most low grade cells go away on their own. High grade cells look more abnormal than low grade cells.
Still, it's really impossible to tell for sure whether you have low or high grade changes from a pap smear. They need to do a biopsy. That's why you are having the colposcopy. Right now no one can tell you whether you need further treatment. The colposcopy will help figure that out. It's really good that you are getting one.
Whether you need further treatment, it's not going to be a big deal. You will be fine. Just make sure to go to your follow ups!