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Abnormal cervical cells

An abnormal cervical screening test result means that you have changes in the cells covering the neck of your womb (cervix). 

Abnormal cervical cells are not the same as cervical cancer. If left untreated, there is a risk that some abnormal cells could go on to develop into cervical cancer in the future. 

What are abnormal cervical cells?

An abnormal cervical screening test result means that you have changes in the cells covering the neck of your womb (cervix). These changes are not cancer. You might also hear the term CIN or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. 

Treatment if you have abnormal cervical cells

Your biopsy result may show you have abnormal cell changes called CIN or CGIN. Find out what treatment you might have.

After your treatment for abnormal cervical cells

You will have some bleeding following treatment for abnormal cervical cells. Read more about how you might feel afterwards. 

Pregnancy and abnormal cervical cells

Find out about cervical screening during pregnancy, what happens if you have abnormal cells when you’re pregnant, and pregnancy after treatment for abnormal cells.

Last reviewed: 
05 Mar 2020
Next review due: 
05 Mar 2023

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