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After cervical screening (a smear test), you may have an abnormal result. If this happens you will be invited to colposcopy, an examination that takes a closer look at your cervix.
Your colposcopy results may show you have changes in the cells on your cervix. The main thing to remember is these cell changes (abnormal cells) are not cervical cancer, but may need monitoring or treatment. Many of these cell changes will get better, either by themselves or after treatment.
In this section, we talk through what cell changes are, how they may be treated, and what happens if they come back. We also explain some of the medical terms you might read or hear, to try and help you understand what’s happening and feel more in control.
You may see the terms CIN and CGIN used on your results letter. Learn what they are and how they are managed.
Read about the different treatments you may be offered for cell changes, including large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ).
Find out what side effects to expect after treatment and what happens at your follow-up appointment.
Find out why cell changes sometimes come back and where to get support.
Let us answer your common questions about cell changes.