How Often Should I Get A Pap Smear?

Sometimes receiving an abnormal pap smear result can cause stress. As I woman, I can tell you that many thoughts run through my mind when that happens to me. But, I can assure you, the best thing to do if you have an abnormal Pap smear result is to take a deep breath, and then contact the Gynecology Emergent Care Center. A pap smear test doctor in Long Beach will be knowledgeable in all things gynecology related and ready to help you.

Pap smears are relative to you and your body. How often one needs a Pap smear, depends on that person and what her body does or does not need. At the Gynecology Emergent Care Center, patients with abnormal pap smears are treated with care, the best techniques in the business, and the absolute best professionals. A Gynecologist has you covered 100% when it comes to your gynecological needs. Click here to read about the importance of pelvic exams.

It is recommended that have your first Pap smear by the age of twenty-one. Up until you are age 30, make the Pap smear procedure an annual appointment. After that time, you monitoring requirements may change, but your Gynecologist will advise you. It is best to schedule your next appointment as you are leaving your current appointment. This way your hectic schedule won’t cause you to forget to schedule this important appointment.

If for some reason, you are over 21 and have not had a Pap smear, go ahead and call us to make that important appointment now. You should not wait. Studies have shown that a regular pap smear will reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer. Monitoring and maintaining your body is always the best defense. Your body is too important to not take care of.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that cervical cancer is one of the leading causes for cancer related deaths for women. Luckily, the CDC admits that in the past forty years, that number has declined noticeably due to awareness and annual monitoring from pap smear appointments. The 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey found:

11,818 US women in 2010 were diagnosed with cervical cancer

3, 939 US women in 2010 died from cervical cancer

We know these numbers are overwhelming. That is why it is imperative you have an annual checkup and Pap smear to catch any precancerous activity. As a young college student, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, housewife, or professional working woman– you have too much on your daily plate to not care for yourself.

What Happens if My Pap Smear is Abnormal

If your results are abnormal do not panic, this isn’t always a bad thing. Your gynecologist will read the report, come up with a plan, and care for you accordingly. At the Gynecology Emergent Care Center, we offer several impressive services including.

Specialized OB-GYN emergency care
Physicians trained in the latest methodology and techniques
Friendly staff
Minimal wait time in our posh waiting room
All inclusive (gynecology and pre-pregnancy needs, labs, diagnostics, surgeries, and pharmacy capabilities)
On-site surgery facilities

According to Web MD, an abnormal Pap smear often results from different types of papillomavirus (you probably know it as HPV). Medicine Net defines papillomavirus as a “family of over 100 viruses including those which cause warts and are transmitted by contact. Some types of human papillomavirus are associated with tumors of the genital tract including, notably, cancer of the cervix.” Over thirty of the types of papillomaviruses can be sexually transmitted. Several types of the papillomaviruses are fond of the moist conditions in the vaginal and genital area. Other known and prevalent reasons for the odd results could be due to:

Another illness
Weak immune system

Warning Signs

We would like for you to know that there are warning signs of pre-cancerous activity if your Pap smear turns out to be abnormal. If you have any of these signs, give us a call, and get in to see us quickly. We want you to be in tip-top shape.

Vaginal discharge (color or odor changes also)
Pain, itching, or burning in the vaginal or genital area
Rashes, warts, sores, or lumps

After the Treatment

After a treatment is prescribed, your gynecologist will develop a maintenance program. We want to be vigilant for any future medical issues. Expect to have more frequent Pap smears until the doctors and team are 100% satisfied that you are on the mend and all is normal.

If the abnormal Pap smears continue, do not worry, we will develop plan for that concern. Keep in mind we have on-site labs and surgical facilities. You do not want to be one of the statistics at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. And we want to help you!

Be Smart

It is a busy world with much to balance in day-to-day life. Sometimes we may be inclined to miss an appointment or put it off to a later time. Do not do this; make sure your Pap smear is a regular part of your life. Then if the pap smear comes back abnormal, any issues can be diagnosed and treated early.

We at the GYN Emergent Care Center, a Long Beach OBGYN emergency facility, are here to offer you a team of professional gynecologists to address your concerns with all the benefits you deserve in maintaining your personal health. For questions, or to schedule an appointment, call us at 855 376 2496. Or simply walk in.

Your health and well-being is top priority at the GYN Emergent Care Center. Feeling confident in your diagnosis, treatment, and recovery is vital to your health and well-being. You deserve the best, and with our staff of professionally trained, compassionate doctors, we can give you just that so you can leave our offices feeling healthy, empowered, and prepared. Give us a call today so that we can serve you!

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