Pap Smear

What's A Pap Smear

A Pap smear is a routine screening test for cervical cancer. It involves collecting cells from the cervix, the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina.

The Pap smear can also detect changes in the cervical cells that could lead to cancer. These changes are often caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted infection.

Most Pap smear results are typical. However, if abnormal cells are found, follow-up testing may be needed. Treatment is usually not necessary for abnormal cells that are found early.

Pap Smear Frequency

How Frequently Should You Have a Pap Smear?

Recommendations for screening vary based on the individual’s health and history. Women who have had a hysterectomy with removal of their cervix but no known cases or risks associated should reach out for consultations to determine what they need in order to prevent any possible complications.

Under 21 years old: None Required

21 – 29 years old: Every 3 years or an HPV test every 5 years or a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years

30 – 65 years old: Almost every 3 years

65 and older:  Consult us to establish your needs since you may no longer require Pap smears.

What should you know about pap smear procedure

Pap tests are pretty precise. Regular Pap tests lower cervical cancer incidence rates and mortality by at least 80%. Although it could be difficult initially, your health will benefit from the short suffering.

How You Prepare
You don’t need any special preparation for a Pap smear.
What You Can Expect
A Pap smear is usually done during a pelvic exam. You will lie on your back on an exam table, with your knees bent and feet together in stirrups. The entire procedure usually takes less than 5 minutes. After the Pap smear, you can resume your normal activities after a Pap smear. There is no need for bed rest or to avoid sexual intercourse. You may have light vaginal bleeding for a day or two after the procedure. You may also have some spotting for a few days. These side effects are usual and should resolve on their own. If you have any pain, we can recommend over-the-counter pain relievers that usually help. If you have any other symptoms that concern you, please call us.

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