What happens right after the procedure?
Cramping usually passes within minutes of the cervical biopsy. If she sits up
too quickly, a woman may feel lightheaded. Lying down for a few minutes after
the procedure prevents this. Any further cramping may be treated with an
medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
The biopsy samples are sent to the laboratory to be
examined under the microscope by the pathologist. The healthcare provider
discusses the pathologist's findings with the woman. Abnormalities can range
from mild cervical dysplasia, or slightly abnormal changes in
the cells examined, to cancer of the cervix. Treatments and
follow-up depend upon the exact diagnosis.