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Regular Pap Smears in Rochester Hills and Troy Michigan are crucial for early detection and treatment of cervical cancer. Know what to expect during your Pap Smear procedure at Oakland Macomb Obstetrics And Gynecology.
What Is a Pap Smear?
Many women dread getting Pap Smears, but it is a very routine procedure that checks for any abnormal cells in the cervix. Detecting these cells early is the key to preventing and treating cervical cancer, so it is important that women receive these screenings as often as their doctor recommends, on a timeline usually dictated by age and risk factors.
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Because Pap Smears are a very quick procedure, many women just get them done as part of their regular gynecological visits. As this is a physical exam, you will need to undress at least from the waist down. At Oakland Macomb Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, our goal is to provide compassionate and professional care to all who walk through our doors. Feeling nervous about a Pap Smear procedure is perfectly normal and you are always welcome to bring a friend or partner along if it helps put you at ease. We also encourage you to let us know if there is anything we can do to help you feel more comfortable. Our practitioners strive to ensure that all patients are educated and empowered to make well-informed choices about their reproductive health, and we are happy to answer any questions you have about Pap Smears, cervical cancer, or any other obstetrics or gynecology concerns.
Tools For The Pap Smear Procedure
Pap Smears are fairly simple for medical professionals to perform and they do not usually require a lot of tools. Your doctor will use a speculum to hold your vagina open and a soft brush to collect the cells. You may notice slides or other small containers in order for the cell samples to be stored in a sterile manner for delivery to the lab.
Pap Smear Age
Every woman is different, but gynecologists recommend that Pap Smears should be done about every 3 years in women ages 21 to 65. Women over 30 are also encouraged to get HPV screening at about the same intervals, so it is easiest to combine these two similar procedures. Women over the age of 65 may stop getting regular Pap Smears as long as they have received regular screenings with no abnormal results for the previous 10 years.