As a woman, you need to pay attention to your body. Your reproductive system is an essential part of your well-being. Whether you are intimate with a partner, plan on having a baby, or you are just trying to stay on top of your health, you need to have regular screenings performed to monitor your reproductive organs. A pap smear should be performed on a regular basis in order to monitor your cervical cells. It’s a simple procedure that could save your life.
Why Get a Pap Smear?
A pap smear is a simple test that will allow our doctor to determine if you have any abnormal cells present in your cervix. The main goal is to detect if you have cancerous cells or if the human papillomavirus is present. The human papillomavirus can lead to the development of cervical cancer. If either are detected in their early stages, they can be treated in order to prevent more problems that can develop later on. The sooner cancer is identified in the cervix, the better your prognosis for effectively treating the disease. By staying on top of your health, you may be able to prevent a health crisis.
How Often Should You Get a Pap Smear?
By the time you reach the age of 21, expect to get a pap smear every two years until you are 30. From age 30 until you are 65, you can go 3 years between pap smears. Our doctor may recommend that you have this test performed more often if you are at a high risk of developing cervical cancer or you have had cancer in the past. Each woman is unique.
What Happens During a Pap Smear?
A pap smear can be performed in the comfort of our office. You will need to lie back on the examining table and put your feet up in stirrups. Our doctor will use a speculum, inserting this device into your vagina to keep it open while a small scraping of cells is taken from your cervix. The speculum will be removed and you can be on your way.
Minor discomfort is small price to pay when you could save yourself from a major illness. Talk to our doctor today at Huntington Women’s Health in Huntington about when you should schedule your pap smear. Take charge of your health and keep your reproductive system on track with routine testing!