What is a PAP smear?
Getting a Pap smear test may not be the most fun part of your day. Some women dread getting a Pap smear test because it can feel awkward and uncomfortable. Yet, this lifesaving exam is certainly worth the brief discomfort.
The test is named after Greek Doctor Papanikolaou. He proved that most forms of cervical cancer begin with an infection that can be caught and treated early.
Pap test examines cells that are taken from the cervix (the lower, narrow end of your uterus) using a speculum and examined under a microscope. This test also detects precancerous cells, so the proper treatment can start before cancer even has a chance to form.
Viva Eve doctors perform Pap smear tests in conjunction with a pelvic exam during routine Well-Woman annual Ob/Gyn exam. In women older than 30, the Pap test may be combined with a test for human papillomavirus (HPV) — a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer. In some cases, the HPV test may be done instead of a Pap smear.
Another important step you can take to prevent cervical cancer is getting vaccinated.
Abnormal Pap Smear Results
When the results are abnormal, your Viva Eve doctor might recommend some additional testing or procedures.
Viva Eve doctors are renowned for their expertise in diagnosing and treating all the conditions related to abnormal pap smears. We will listen to all your concerns and together we will come up with the treatment plan that works for you and your unique circumstances.
The HPV vaccine is not a substitute for the Pap test.
When should I start getting a Pap smear test?
|< 21 years old, not sexually active, no known risk factors||None needed|
|< 21 years old, sexually active||Every 3 years|
|21 – 29 years old||Every 3 years|
|30 – 65 years old||Every 3-5 years if your Pap smear and HPV tests are negative|
|65 years and older||You may no longer need pap smear tests; talk to your Viva Eve doctor to determine your needs|
|Any age and you had a full hysterectomy||None needed|