A Pap smear is one of the best ways to protect women against cervical cancer. Dr. Ryan Williams has many years of experience providing Pap smear tests at Florence Family Medicine in Florence, South Carolina. A Pap smear test is an effective preventive care method to examine your cells for abnormalities and any indications of cancer or other gynecological conditions. If you’re due for your Pap smear test or have concerns about your reproductive health, call or book your appointment online today.
A Pap smear is a test to detect cervical cancer or other abnormalities in your reproductive system. During the procedure, Dr. Williams collects cells from your cervix.
For women over age 21, a Pap test is usually recommended every three years. Women who are over age 65 and women who have certain underlying medical conditions might require more frequent testing.
A human papillomavirus (HPV) test can be performed at the same time as a Pap test, as it can also lead to cervical cancer.
Your Pap smear test is quick and can be conveniently performed in the office. You’re usually asked to undress completely or from the waist down, and you receive a medical gown.
You lie on an exam table with your knees bent and your feet placed in stirrups. When you’re ready and comfortable, Dr. Williams carefully places an instrument called a speculum into your vagina. The speculum gently holds open the vaginal walls to allow Dr. Williams to view your cervix.
Dr. Williams takes a sample of your cervical cells using a small, soft brush or a special gathering tool. The sample is sent to a lab where it’s examined for any abnormalities or signs that indicate cancer or precancer.
Once the sample is collected, your exam is complete, and you can dress and return home in your own time.
If your Pap smear results come back abnormal, you might need a colposcopy: a closer examination of your cervix with a special magnifying instrument.
A colposcopy is used to evaluate:
Dr. Williams might also recommend a colposcopy if you have concerns about abnormal pelvic pain or bleeding.
If any abnormal cells are detected during exams, you might need a procedure to remove them.
A Pap test is an excellent preventive care method for addressing your reproductive health. Some abnormal and cancerous or precancerous cells might not come with any symptoms and might go unnoticed without a Pap smear test to identify them.
Pap smear tests are quick and efficient. If it’s time for your Pap test or if you have concerns about your reproductive health, visit Dr. Williams by calling the office or scheduling your appointment online.