Pap smears are one of the least invasive methods of determining pre-cancerous and immunological changes to cells along the cervix and help save many lives. Cervical cancer can almost always be prevented with regular screenings. We offer HPV testing which when combined with a pap smear is called “co-testing” to those Patients who qualify according to ACOG guidelines. This testing is more sensitive and detects the actual virus that leads to cervical cancer. Patients who undergo “co-testing” are recommended to have pap smears every 3-5 years.
We use ACOG guidelines to determine whether you will need a pap smear during your yearly examination. We follow the most recent guidelines, which suggest starting screening at 21.
A pap smear may be performed during your pelvic exam using a small brush to retrieve cervical cells. The sample is sent to a pathology lab and evaluated for abnormalities. We will discuss any abnormal findings with you right away.
A pelvic exam is a routine procedure that includes a pap smear. Pelvic exams aim to determine if any changes to your reproductive organs have occurred. A pelvic exam includes an external and internal portion to determine the health of the vulva, ovaries, vagina, fallopian tubes, rectum and bladder.
Breast Cancer Screening
1/8 women are affected by breast cancer over a lifetime. It is recommended by ACOG that women have a yearly clinical breast examination starting at age 21.
ACOG recommends that women start screening mammograms at 40 and have this testing performed every 1-2 years.
Additional testing will be recommended if you qualify based on risk assessment.
We offer a full array of screening options for sexually transmitted infections. These types of infections can occur in women of all ages who are sexually active. The CDC shows that statistically, the highest risk group is 15-25 year old women and men.
If you are concerned that you had exposure to an STI or are having symptoms, please call and make an appointment.