The main cause of an abnormal Pap smear is infection with the Human Papilloma virus (HPV), which is sexually-transmitted. Risk factors for abnormal Pap smears include smoking, multiple sexual partners, and early age of first sexual intercourse. For most women, infection with HPV is transient. However, reinfection is also possible, so it is important to follow your recommended screening schedule. Depending on the result of the Pap smear, a colposcopy may be recommended to diagnose the severity of the lesion.
If you are a new patient, the doctors at Advanced OB/GYN are all abnormal Pap smear specialists and will review your Pap smear results and make a recommendation for further testing. Please call our office at 713-465-5966 to make an appointment.