A Pap smear is the most trusted test for effectively screening you for precancerous and cancerous cells in your cervix. If you’re due for a Pap test, schedule an evaluation at Kheyson MD in Annadale, Staten Island, New York. You can book your Pap smear right online through the online scheduler, or you can call the clinic directly to speak with a team member.
Pap Smears Q & A
Why do I need a Pap smear?
Cervical cancer used to be a more common issue for women. But with routine Pap smears, cervical cancer is often caught early — and thus treated early — so the cancer doesn’t progress. You generally need routine Pap smears if you:
- Are between the ages of 21-65
- Previously had an abnormal (positive) Pap test
- Had a hysterectomy, but still have your cervix
Pap smears are quick and simple in-office tests that quite often take place during your annual well-woman exam.
What happens during a Pap smear?
When you visit Kheyson MD for a Pap smear, your dedicated OB/GYN sits and talks with you about your health history. They may spend some time reviewing your chart and getting to know about your family health history.
After the discussion, your OB/GYN steps out of the room for a moment so you can undress from the waist down. You need to lie back on the exam table and place your feet in the stirrups on either side of the table.
The next step involves placing a speculum into your vagina. This tool simply holds open your vaginal canal and, while you may feel some pressure, you shouldn’t feel any pain.
Your OB/GYN uses a swabbing tool to gently scrape a few cells from your cervix. They place your specimen into a petri dish, and your Pap smear is complete. Because your Pap test does involve gathering samples of your internal cells, it’s helpful to avoid scheduling your visit when you’re on your period.
How often should I get a Pap smear?
Pap smears are important for women over the age of 21, even if you’re not sexually active. Generally, the OB/GYN team at Kheyson MD recommend getting a Pap test every three years until you reach age 65, or until you have your cervix removed.
If you have co-testing, where you have a Pap test and human papillomavirus (HPV) test — HPV can lead to cervical cancer — you only need testing every five years.
But your OB/GYN at Kheyson MD may recommend more frequent testing depending on your previous Pap smear results. For instance, you might need a follow-up Pap smear within a few months if you had abnormal Pap results.
Or your OB/GYN could recommend another type of diagnostic screening known as a colposcopy. If you continue having abnormal Pap smears or other types of diagnostic testing, your dedicated OB/GYN at Kheyson MD talks with you about treatment solutions, such as loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP).
Book your Pap smear at Kheyson MD directly through the website. You can also call the office directly to schedule an appointment.