Women’s Health and GYN Exams
As a woman, you have distinctive needs. Many medical conditions and diseases develop different symptoms in women than in men. Your healthcare needs change from young adulthood to the reproductive years and beyond. Your primary care doctor is here to be your partner, enhancing your wellbeing at every stage of life.
A Pap smear is a short in-office procedure. Schedule your Pap smear for a time when you do not have your period, as blood or fluid may interfere with your test results. A Pap smear test is a preventive measure that can detect precancerous or cancerous cervical cells. An annual Pap smear is done as part of a routine gynecological exam. During a Pap smear the provider obtains cells from the cervix for examination. Cervix cancer that is identified and treated early is associated with good results.
Annual pap smear testing and pelvic examinations and should begin when a woman becomes sexually active or after the age of 20. A Pap smear identifies abnormal cellular changes, precancerous cells, or cancerous cells. If the results of your Pap smear are abnormal, your doctor may repeat your Pap smear and conduct additional tests.