What do my Pap smear results mean?

By Courtney Snavely, Co-founder

So you’ve been swabbed. Your doctor calls you with the results, but you can’t make heads or tails of them. “Abnormal? ASCUS? COLPOSCOPY?!” — these words are scary sounding and hard to pronounce, don't worry — we've been there (many times). Whether you're trying to make sense of your recent results, or trying to learn what to expect, we're here to help you break down all of those acronyms.

What even is a Pap smear?

A Pap smear is microscopic examination of the cells of your cervix. Lab technicians look for any changes in your cells, irregularly shaped cells, or in some cases the presence of HPV.

The Pap Smear results: