What Does A PAP Smear Test For?
A pap smear test is designed to check for cervical cancer. The smear test is performed by taking cells from the cervix. Abnormal cells could suggest that a person has cervical cancer. Keep in mind that is cervical cancer is detected early, then it is much easier to treat. Treating cervical cancer early also prevents it from spreading throughout your body.
Preparing For Your PAP Smear
There are a few things that you will need to do in order to ensure that your pap smear test is accurate. You should avoid using vaginal medications, douching or having intercourse two days before your pap smear. You should not schedule a pap smear with Sisselman Medical Group while you are on your period. You can get a pap smear during your period, but it is best for you to not schedule it during that time.
PAP Smear Screening Recommendations
PAP smear screenings are commended every three years for women who are between the ages of 21 and 65. However, if you are at an increased risk for cervical cancer, then you may have to get pap smears done more frequently. Women who smoke, have used birth control pills for a long time or have a family history of cervical cancer are more likely to develop it.
The HPV virus also puts a woman at risk of cervical cancer. HPV testing is often recommended along with a pap smear.
To schedule your PAP smear test today, please contact one of our convenient offices in Massapequa or Commack today.