How Often Should I Get a Pap Smear?

How Often Should I Get a Pap Smear?

A Pap smear is a medical test that allows your doctor to get a sample of cells from your cervix, which connects your uterus and your vagina. Collecting a sample of these cells and sending it to a laboratory for analysis allows your doctor to detect any abnormalities that could develop into cervical cancer.

Dr. Daniel S. Kushner is a highly skilled and compassionate OB/GYN with medical offices in White Plains and Queens, New York. Supported by his welcoming staff, Dr. Kushner provides a full spectrum of OB/GYN services to keep you healthy throughout your life, including regular Pap smears

Dr. Kushner makes getting Pap tests easy and as comfortable as possible to ensure you get the care you need. It’s important to learn why and when to get this test to ensure the best outcomes.

What is a Pap smear?

A Pap smear is a routine screening test used to detect abnormal cells that could develop into cervical cancer. This test is generally recommended for women ages 21-65.

During the test, your doctor inserts a small tool called a speculum into your vagina so he can access your cervix. A small brush is used to collect some cells from your cervix, at the entrance to your uterus. 

Although a Pap smear can seem awkward and uncomfortable, it shouldn’t be painful. Good communication with your doctor about what you’re experiencing allows him to make any needed modifications to ensure that you’re as relaxed as possible. The test is usually completed in just a few minutes, and you get your results within a few days.

How often should I get a Pap smear?

Until recently, adult women were encouraged to get a Pap smear done every year as a routine part of a gynecological exam. However, the recommendations have changed, which has created some confusion about how often you should get a Pap smear.

The test is generally recommended every three years, starting at age 21. Dr. Kushner provides you with clear guidance on the frequency of Pap smear testing that is right for you, along with personalized care tailored to your needs.

After completing a Pap smear, and reviewing the results, Dr. Kushner recommends any follow-up tests or treatments you may need. If you have a history of cervical cancer or abnormal Pap smear results, you may need to have an annual test done. If you don’t have any other health conditions that may increase your chances of developing cervical cancer, you may only need to have a test done every few years. 

To learn more about Pap smears or any other gynecological concern, call one of our offices to set up an appointment. You can also use our easy online booking system to find an appointment date and time that work best for you.

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