Gynecology Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Pap Smear?
A Pap Smear is a type of screening test that looks for cervical cancer. In
order to perform a Pap test, your gynecologist will place a speculum in the vagina in order to visualize the cervix and swab it. This is then sent to the lab to evaluate for cervical cancer.
How frequently should I get a Pap Smear?
We recommend that women should have their first pap smear at age 21 and no sooner than that. If your pap smear is normal, it should be repeated every 3 years, although an annual pelvic exam without a pap smear may still be indicated. If your pap smears are normal, then it is reasonable to stop screening with pap smears at age 65.
Can I have a pap smear when I am on my period?
No. If you are bleeding heavily, it may interfere with the test and you will likely have to repeat the pap to get an accurate result. It is best to wait until you are no longer on your period to have the Pap Test done.
When should I get my first Mammogram?
Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every one to two years. If you have a family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer, it may be important to get genetic testing and possibly more frequent mammograms. Please talk to your provider about this.
What do I do if I missed one or two days of my birth control pill?
If you missed one day, take two pills the next day. If you missed two days, take two pills for the next two days. Please use back up contraception like condoms during this time. The most common symptom of missing pills is having break through bleeding.
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