A Pap Smear, also known as a Pap Test, is a simple and effective screening tool used to detect early signs of cervical cancer in women. During this exam, our experienced and compassionate OBGYN team will collect a small sample of cells from your cervix and send it to a lab for analysis.
The Pap Smear is a quick and painless procedure that can be performed during your Well Woman Exam. Our team may also recommend HPV testing, which is a test that can detect the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common cause of cervical cancer.
If abnormal cells are detected, our team will work with you to determine the appropriate next steps, which may include additional testing or treatment. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality care and support throughout every stage of your reproductive health journey.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When should I start getting Pap Smears?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that women start getting Pap Smears at age 21. After that, women should get a Pap Smear every three years if the results are normal. If you are over the age of 30 and have had three consecutive normal Pap Smear results, your OBGYN may recommend getting a Pap Smear and HPV test every five years.
What should I do to prepare for a Pap Smear?
It is best to schedule your Pap Smear when you are not on your period. You should also avoid douching, using tampons, having sex, or using any vaginal creams or medications for at least 24 hours before the exam. Your OBGYN may provide additional instructions based on your individual needs.
Will the Pap Smear be painful?
The Pap Smear is a quick and relatively painless procedure. You may feel some slight discomfort or pressure during the collection of the sample, but it typically only lasts for a few seconds.
What happens if my Pap Smear results are abnormal?
If abnormal cells are detected, our team will work with you to determine the appropriate next steps, which may include additional testing or treatment. It is important to remember that abnormal Pap Smear results do not necessarily mean that you have cervical cancer, and early detection and treatment can be highly effective in preventing the development of cancer. Your OBGYN will provide you with support and guidance throughout the entire process.