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Pap Smear

Daniel Kushner, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in White Plains, NY & Queens, NY

A Pap smear is a critical part of your annual pelvic exam to screen for infections and cervical cancer. At Daniel Kushner, MD, in White Plains and Queens, New York, Dr. Kushner offers comprehensive gynecological services, including Pap smears. Call the office to learn more or use the easy online scheduler to book your appointment today.

Pap Smear Q & A

What is a Pap smear?

A Pap smear, also called a Pap or Pap test, is the most effective method of checking for cervical cancer. Abnormal cells on your cervix may mean that a problem is developing that can lead to cervical cancer if left untreated. Dr. Kushner uses the results of your Pap smear to catch cervical cancer before it can develop.

What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?

As cervical cancer progresses, you may notice:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Irregular or prolonged vaginal bleeding

It’s important to know that if you have one or all of these issues that it doesn’t necessarily mean you have cervical cancer. However, if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, you should seek a medical evaluation with Dr. Kushner.

How often are Pap smears needed?

Each woman is unique. Dr. Kushner customizes your testing and treatment to meet your particular needs and goals. At your appointment, he’ll outline a plan so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

To determine if you need a Pap smear more frequently, talk to Dr. Kushner if:

  • Your immune system is compromised
  • You are HIV-positive
  • You have a history of abnormal Pap smears
  • You’ve had cervical cancer in the past

How are Pap smears performed?

First, one of Dr. Kushner’s nurses will lead you to a private room. You’ll slip out of your clothes and into a gown.

As you recline on the table, Dr. Kushner will situate your feet in footrests. He will then place a speculum into your vagina and quickly collect a sample of cells from your cervix with a long cotton swab.

That’s it. You’ll sit back up while Dr. Kushner puts the cells in a vial to send to the lab.

Do Pap smears hurt?

Pap smears are quick and well tolerated by most women. Many women fear the speculum, but most report that they only feel a slight pinch. You may notice some spotting or mild bleeding for a few hours after the procedure, and light cramping is also possible.

To learn more about the life-saving benefits of Pap smears and cervical cancer prevention, contact Dr. Kushner or use the online scheduler to book an appointment today.