Pap Smears & Cervical Cancer Screening
Receive comprehensive gynecological care from the dedicated professionals at Rock Hill GYN & OB. We have locations in in both Rock Hill and Fort Mill, SC. Our physicians and nurse practitioners provide pap smears and cervical cancer screenings to help you stay on track regarding your reproductive health. We invite you to learn more about our approach and to contact us to schedule an appointment.
What is a Pap Smear?
Usually during your annual well-woman visit, you will undergo a pelvic exam. It may also be recommended to have a pap smear in order to screen for cervical cancer. These tests typically commence at age 21, or perhaps earlier depending on if you are sexually active or not. As your health care provider, we work closely with you to recommend a pap smear schedule that fits your needs and lifestyle.
What Happens During a Pap Smear?
A pap smear usually takes place during a routine pelvic exam, so you are already lying down on your back with your knees bent and your heels placed in the support stirrups. The next steps are as follows:
- To hold open your vagina, a tool called a speculum is gently inserted.
- You may feel a slight pressure, but this should not be painful.
- A swab is inserted to take samples of your cervical cells.
- These cells will be examined to see if there are any abnormalities present.
- You are able to get dressed and continue with your day as usual.
After the sample has been examined, you will only hear back from us if something of concern has been found. It may be necessary to conduct additional testing to determine the next steps.
HPV Test & Cervical Cancer
Another screening test similar to a pap smear is an HPV test. This test involves the same steps as a pap smear and can be conducted at the exact same time; however, it tests specifically for HPV, or human papillomavirus. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. In fact, you can carry and transmit HPV without even knowing you have it. There are more than 100 different types of HPV. In some instances, HPV does not cause any health concerns at all but there are certain types that can develop into cervical cancer if left untreated.
Schedule an Appointment
Stay proactive about your health with simple yet life-saving screening tests. Call our office to schedule an appointment.