Cervical cancer occurs in women of all ages. That is why it is recommended that women receive a cervical cancer screening every three years once they turn 21. The method for screening for cervical cancer is known as a pap smear, or pap test.

A pap smear can be an uncomfortable procedure, but you should not experience any pain and the procedure is very short. A speculum will be used to open up the vagina and allow access, providing a clear view of the cervix.

A small instrument will be used to carefully scrape the cervix so that sample cells can be gathered. The cells will then be analyzed under a microscope to see if there are any abnormalities.

Make sure that you receive regular testing for cervical cancer. Early detection is the key to a successful treatment and can preserve your health for years to come. If you would like to schedule an appointment for a pap smear, please contact us. Board-certified gynecologist and obstetrician Dr. Mary Geldernick will provide you with the care you need.