I recently had an abnormal cervical smear test. How will pregnancy affect this?

There are different degrees of seriousness of smear abnormalities. In general, if you had an abnormal smear test and a repeat one was normal and you didn''t receive any special treatment then it is unlikely you will need any extra treatment in pregnancy. If you have recently received treatment for an abnormal smear (colposcopy with either laser, diathermy or loop treatment) or have had abnormal smears then you must check with the family doctor or gynaecologist just in case you need special arrangements for checking your cervix in pregnancy. This is because it is more difficult to diagnose the development of precancer (or even cancer) of the cervix in pregnancy because of the normal hormone changes affecting it. Also, abnormalities may grow more rapidly because of the pregnancy and are much more difficult to treat.
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