As a woman, you have unique concerns related to your reproductive system. Your gynecologist is your trusted partner in evaluating your breasts, vagina, cervix, uterus, and ovaries. Among testing for breast cancer, our gynecologist at Huntington Women’s Health can help you with a variety of things. If you’re wondering about cervical smears, for instance, then keep reading for further details regarding this procedure.
Understanding Cervical Smears
Cervical smears are often referred to as pap smears. It involves a simple scraping of cells from your cervix. There is minimal discomfort and the procedure is performed quickly. The main goal is to get a sample of cells from the opening of your uterus in order to detect any abnormal cells that could indicate a problem, such as cervical cancer. Typically, this test is recommended every two years for women who are between the ages of 21 to 30. When you are between the ages of 30 and 65, your tests may be spread out every three years. However, this schedule may change if you are at risk or have any concerns.
When to Ask for a Pap Smear
You may request a cervical smear or our gynecologist may indicate that there is a need if you are experiencing troubling symptoms that suggest there is a problem. If you are experiencing bleeding when it is not time for your menstrual cycle, a cervical smear may be advised. If your periods become extremely heavy, your doctor may recommend testing. Pain during sexual intercourse, pain while you are urinating, and unexplained pain in your lower back or pelvis are indicators that you have a problem. You need to get to the source of your pain and determine if you have a serious health condition affecting your reproductive organs, such as cervical cancer. If you have a family history of cervical cancer, expect to be tested regularly. If you have been sexually active with many partners, if you have an autoimmune disorder, or you have infections involving your reproductive system, you should have your cervical smears performed more often to be proactive and protect your health.
Contact us today at Huntington Women’s Health to find out if you are a good candidate for cervical smears. We are located in Huntington, NY. If you have any concerns about your reproductive health and your body, be sure to open the lines of communication with your doctor.