Whenever abnormal cells are found during a Pap test, you may be anxious—after all, a Pap smear is one of the most effective methods of detecting cervical cancer at its earliest, and most treatable stage. If you have abnormal cells, there are a number of responses. The next step depends upon your age, the results […]
Pap Smear Testing
Your annual Pap smear is an important screening tool to check for cervical cancer. When detected at an early stage, this type of cancer is highly treatable and beatable. We’ve compiled some useful information about this screening, why it’s done and what to expect if you have abnormal results. If it’s time for your annual screening, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Irregular periods can interfere with a scheduled annual exam or Pap smear. Ideally, your annual exam and Pap smear should be conducted when you are not on your period. While heavy menses may possibly interfere with Pap smear interpretation, we generally can see someone when they are on their period, including a pelvic exam and successfully collect their Pap. Understandably, many patients are more comfortable to be examined when they are not on their period, and we are happy to reschedule if they request. Continue reading to learn about the causes of an irregular period and how to treat it.
LEEP — loop electrosurgical excision procedure—is a procedure that removes abnormal or pre-cancerous cells from the surface of the cervix. These cells will be examined for cancer or, if it’s determined that cancer is already present, a LEEP may be used to remove the cancerous tissues. This procedure may also be called a conization, as […]