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What to ask your doctor if you have abnormal cervical cells

Women discussing cervical cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • What treatment do I need for my abnormal cervical cells?
  • Why do I need this treatment?
  • I know there are many different ways of treating abnormal cells. Do you recommend any particular one, and if so why?
  • Why are you recommending this particular type of treatment for me?
  • Do I have a choice in the treatment I have?
  • What are the side effects of these treatments?
  • Are there any long term effects of these treatments?
  • How long will the treatment take?
  • Can I be treated as an outpatient?
  • How long will it take to get over the treatment?
  • What should I do to help myself get over the treatment?
  • When should I have another cervical screening test?
  • Should I have cervical tests more often, now I have had an abnormal one?
  • I might be pregnant. Can I still be treated?
  • Will this treatment affect pregnancy for me in the future?
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Updated: 16 August 2012