At GYN Choices, we provide women’s reproductive health services, including routine pap smears. Pap smears are screening tests that are used by professionals to identify any suspicious cells in the cervix that could indicate precancerous conditions or cancer. Some women find this test uncomfortable, but it is vital that they have it performed routinely to monitor reproductive health. With an early diagnosis of conditions such as cervical cancer, patients will be able to seek effective treatment and have an increased chance of success in fighting the condition.
What puts a patient at risk of cervical cancer?
In most cases, a patient who has HPV, or Human Papillomavirus, is at a high risk of developing cervical cancer. This is a sexually transmitted infection that is responsible for cervical cancer. However, there are other risks that may play a role, including patients who are sexually active, who have had multiple pregnancies, and those who smoke or use long-term contraceptives.
What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?
Many times, women do not experience symptoms when cervical cancer first develops. This is why it is important to be screened during routine pelvic examinations. Just because you have no symptoms or no family history of cervical cancer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be proactive about screening for it. With early detection, a better outcome is often seen.
When should I have a pap smear completed?
Pap smears are done quickly and easily at GYN Choices. The patient will have a pelvic examination, and then a speculum is used to open the vaginal canal. The doctor will take a sample of the cells in the cervix and send them off for testing at a laboratory. If there are any concerns or abnormalities, patients will be called with further instructions.
Call GYN Choices today
Patients of the East Brunswick, NJ area interested in working with a team of professionals to learn more about pap smears and other screenings are encouraged to call (732) 698-1115 to schedule an appointment with our team at 281 Summerhill Road. We are open to new and current patients in the community and can educate patients on the advantages of visiting our facility!