My cervical screening test showed borderline changes. Why do I have to wait six months for a repeat test - won't they get worse?

The reason we repeat the test in six months is to give minor changes a chance to get better without any treatment which is what usually happens.

If the repeat test is normal, you will be asked to have one more test in six to twelve months' time to check that the cells are still healthy. You can then go back to receiving routine invitations as before. If your repeat test still shows borderline changes you may be referred for a colposcopy (PDF 101Kb).

What your abnormal result means.

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