A Pap smear is a routine test during your yearly women’s health exam that helps prevent cervical cancer. At Austin Southwest OB/GYN in Austin, Texas, Dr. Souhail Asfouri offers annual pap smears to detect early signs of cancer and other abnormalities. Routine pap smears can save your life and help Dr. Asfouri provide prompt treatment. To schedule a pap smear, book an appointment online or by calling the office.
A Pap smear is a screening test for abnormal or cancer cells in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus. Routine tests can identify cancer early for prompt treatment. An annual Pap smear is one of the most effective ways to prevent cervical cancer.
Dr. Asfouri often performs this test during your yearly exam or regular checkups. He determines how often you need a Pap smear based on several factors:
He may recommend a Pap smear as part of your annual exam or perform the test every few years.
If you’ve had a hysterectomy, you may not require Pap smears. Dr. Asfouri discusses your medical history to determine when you can safely stop having Pap tests.
To ensure your Pap test results are accurate, you should avoid several things for several days before Dr. Asfouri administers the test:
When you have your period on the day of your Pap smear appointment, you should reschedule the test for another time. Getting a pap smear 10 to 20 days after the first day of your period provides the most accurate results.
Dr. Asfouri performs the Pap smear in a comfortable office environment. You lie on the examination table, and Dr. Asfouri inserts a speculum that opens your vagina to access your cervix. He uses a large swab to take a sample of the cells on your cervix. Next, he places the sample on a glass slide for testing.
Typically, a Pap test is not painful, but you may feel some discomfort. Following the test, you may experience some light spotting or bleeding.
The test’s results aren’t immediate, so you may have to wait several days for this vital information. Dr. Asfouri contacts you as soon as possible if the test shows any abnormalities.
Abnormal test results don’t confirm you have cancer. In some cases, infections or other underlying medical issues can cause an abnormal Pap smear. Dr. Asfouri may recommend another Pap smear or additional testing to identify your problem.
Book an appointment online or by calling the office.