Early detection is key in treating cervical cancer, as about 13,000 American women are newly diagnosed every year according to the American Cancer Society. Dr. Gigi Kroll & Dr. Zhanna Pinkus with their team at Newport Center Women’s Health in Newport Beach, California, value performing routine Pap smear exams to monitor cervical health and catch early stages of cervical cancer. To schedule your next Pap smear, call Newport Center Women’s Health or book an appointment online today.
A Pap smear is a procedure designed to assess the presence of cervical cancer in women. This 10-minute test can even help predict if you are at higher risk of developing cervical cancer in the future by monitoring the proliferation of abnormal cell
While a Pap smear is typically carried out with a pelvic exam, your OB/GYN will also recommend that you are tested for human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to cervical cancer, if you are over the age of 30.
Once you are brought into a private exam room, you lie down on a table with your feet placed in stirrups.
Your gynecologist inserts a speculum, a metal or plastic medical device, into your vagina to widen the vaginal walls for the test. This allows her to check your cervix and swab the area to test for any abnormal cervical cells. The office will send the swab in a test tube to a lab to observe the cells and check for any abnormalities.
Most women agree that the exam is painless, though you may feel a slight pinch during the exam.
Your OB/GYN takes into account your age and family and medical history when deciding when to perform an initial Pap smear.
After your initial exam, most women between the ages of 21 and 65 come in for a routine Pap smear at least once every 3 years.
Certain risk factors may prompt your provider to ask you to come in more regularly, including:
If you are over the age of 65 or have had a total hysterectomy, your doctor may advise that you stop coming in for regular Pap smear exams altogether.
To schedule your Pap smear and reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer, call Newport Center Women’s Health or book an appointment online today.