It’s estimated that over 13,200 cases of cervical cancer will be diagnosed throughout 2018 according to the American Cancer Society. Getting a routine Pap smear is the best way to detect abnormal cervical cells early on. Our caring team at Rose Women’s Medical Center in Franklin Park, Illinois, offers flexible scheduling for Pap testing. Schedule your visit by calling the clinic or by booking online. Rose Women’s Medical Center offers affordable all-inclusive medical abortion services (the abortion pill) for $380.
A Pap smear is a routine type of testing that’s essential for women of childbearing age. The test involves evaluating the cells of your cervix and checking for early signs of cervical cancer. If abnormal cells are caught early, you have a better chance of successful treatment. Getting a Pap test is still considered the gold standard when it comes to early detection of cervical cancer.
During a Pap smear, your physician inserts a small instrument, called a speculum, into your vagina. This tool opens up your vaginal canal and allows your doctor to clearly see your cervix. The physician gathers a sample of your cervical cells by gently brushing the surface and inside of your cervical opening. You shouldn’t feel any pain during a Pap test, but some women report some minor pressure or slight cramping.
Oftentimes, your practitioner will also perform a pelvic exam during your Pap appointment. A pelvic exam involves manually feeling your uterus, ovaries, and surrounding organs. Your provider carefully inserts a gloved finger into your vagina and feels the outside of your abdomen at the same time. This allows them to check for any pain, swelling, or abnormal issues that might not be detected by simply checking your abdomen from the outside.
Abnormal Pap tests can occur for a variety of reasons. For instance, if you’re on your period or had sexual intercourse within two days of your test, your results might not be accurate. Depending on your health, your practitioner may suggest repeating the Pap test either right away or within a few months to track changes in your cervical cells. Sometimes they also suggest follow-up testing, including blood work.
If the abnormal cells don’t go away on their own or continue to progress, your practitioner is likely going to recommend treatment. Most treatments are performed right in the office and involve destroying or scraping away abnormal cervical cells through minimally invasive techniques.
If you’re due for a Pap smear, call Rose Women’s Medical Center to schedule an appointment. You can also book your exam online.