Pap smears are an excellent method of protecting women against cervical cancer. At Texas Premier Physicians in Houston, skillful physician Bita Jafari, MD, has many years of experience offering gynecological care, including Pap smear tests with a clear female perspective and understanding. A Pap smear is a preventive care method that enables Dr. Jafari to assess your cells for abnormalities and any indications of cancer or other gynecological conditions. If you have concerns about your reproductive health, take the important step to call Texas Premier Physicians or book your appointment online.
A Pap smear test is an effective preventive care method designed to detect cervical cell abnormalities and cervical cancer. During your test, Dr. Jafari collects cells from your cervix for analysis.
Dr. Jafari usually recommends Pap tests every three years for women age 21 to 65. If you have a higher risk for developing cervical cancer or if you have certain underlying medical conditions, you might need testing more frequently.
At the same time as your pap smear test, Dr. Jafari can also perform a test for human papillomavirus (HPV).
Pap smear tests can be conveniently and quickly performed in-office. Usually, you undress, wear a medical gown, and lie on a special exam table with your knees bent and your feet in stirrups.
To view your cervix, when you’re comfortable and ready, Dr. Jafari gently inserts a speculum into your vagina to hold open the vaginal walls.
Using a special scraping tool or a soft, small brush, Dr. Jafari takes a sample of your cervical cells and sends it to a lab to be analyzed for any abnormalities or signs that could indicate cancer or precancerous cells.
Don’t panic if your Pap smear results come back showing the presence of unusual cells. It’s not uncommon to have a one-off “abnormal” result, and almost everyone experiences this at some point in their life. Depending on the result, Dr. Jafari may reanalyze the sample, take another sample, or conduct additional diagnostic testing.
You might need a colposcopy if you have abnormal pap smear test results. During a colposcopy, Dr. Jafari utilizes a special magnifying instrument to assess your cervix more closely.
Dr. Jafari might recommend a colposcopy if you have abnormal pelvic bleeding or concerns about pelvic pain. A colposcopy can be used to assess:
If Dr. Jafari detects any abnormal cells during your colposcopy, she might recommend a procedure to remove the abnormal cells or other treatments.
Pap smear tests are convenient, safe, and effective. Pap smears provide an array of benefits and are a great method of preventive care to assist you in taking care of your reproductive health.
Some cancerous, precancerous, and abnormal cells don’t exhibit any symptoms and might go undetected without a Pap smear. Texas Premier Physicians offers various women’s health services to evaluate and improve your health and wellness, balance your hormones, and protect your reproductive system, such as breast exams, mammograms, menopausal evaluations, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, and more.
If you’re due for a Pap test or you have questions or concerns, call Texas Premier Physicians or use the online scheduling tool.