Women’s Health : Women’s Health Zakiya James, PA-S2
Towson University/CCBC ESSEX Pelvic exam or Pap smear, which one did I have? : Pelvic exam or Pap smear, which one did I have? Pelvic Exam : Pelvic Exam What is a pelvic exam?
A pelvic exam allows your clinician to exam your reproductive organs and check for any GYN problems.
It is used to screen for sexually transmitted diseases, infections and reproductive problems. Pelvic Exam : Pelvic Exam You should have a pelvic exam if…
You’re having vaginal discharge that is causing irritation, burning or has a bad odor.
You’re having pain in your lower belly or pelvic area.
You have missed a period, especially if you’re sexually active. Pelvic Exam : Pelvic Exam What should you do before the exam?
Don’t have sex, use vaginal creams or douche 24 hours before you’re exam
What occurs after the exam?
The clinician will inform you of any abnormal findings, prescribe medication and schedule a follow-up appointment if necessary. Pap Smear : Pap Smear What is the purpose of a Pap smear?
The purpose of a Pap smear is to screen for cervical cancer. Pap Smear : Pap Smear These items may be used to perform your Pap smear. Pap Smear : Pap Smear You should have a Pap smear if…
You are sexually active
You are 21 years or older
How often should you have a Pap smear?
Women younger than 30 should have a Pap smear once a year.
If you’re older than 30 and have had three normal Pap tests in a row, you may not need a Pap test every year. You may only need one every 2 or 3 years. Pap Smear : Pap Smear What should you do before the test?
Plan to have your test done when you are not having your menstrual period.
Don’t douche, use feminine deodorant, or have sexual intercourse 24 hours prior to the test. Pap Smear : Pap Smear At the Baltimore City Health Department, it will take 4 weeks to receive your results.
A normal Pap smear indicates that your cervical cells are healthy and normal.
An abnormal Pap smear can indicate a number of things such as:
abnormal cells (cervical dysplasia),
or signs of early or advanced cancer. Pap Smear : Pap Smear If your Pap smear comes back abnormal, then your clinician may repeat the Pap smear or write a referral for a colposcopy.
A colposcopy is a procedure where a sample of tissue (biopsy) is taken from the cervix so the clinician can get a better look. Speak to your clinician if you have any further questions. : Speak to your clinician if you have any further questions. Resources: