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What treatments are used to get rid of abnormal cells on the cervix?

If you have abnormal cells on the cervix, follow up with your doctor. If the problem is mild, your doctor may wait to see if the cells heal on their own. Or your doctor may suggest taking out the abnormal tissue. Treatment options include:

Cryosurgery, when abnormal tissue is frozen off. Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), where tissue is removed using a hot wire loop. Laser treatment, which uses a beam of light to destroy abnormal tissue. Cone biopsy, where a cone-shaped sample of abnormal tissue is removed from the cervix and looked at under the microscope for signs of cancer. This biopsy also can serve as a treatment if all the abnormal tissue is removed.

After these treatments, you may have:

Vaginal bleeding Cramping Brownish-black discharge Watery discharge

After treatment, follow up with your doctor to see if any abnormal cells come back.

This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

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