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Procedures for treating precancerous cervical cancer do not reduce fertility, study shows

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h821 (Published 18 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h821
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Procedures that are commonly used to diagnose and treat precancerous cervical cancer do not reduce women’s subsequent chances of getting pregnant, shows a large US study that unexpectedly found higher rates of pregnancy in women who had these procedures than in control groups.1

Women with an unclear or abnormal cervical screening test generally have a diagnostic colposcopy and biopsy to see whether any lesions are precancerous. Those women found to have …

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