Do you know the difference between a pelvic exam and a Pap test? Many women think they are the same thing. But there are important differences between the two that you should know about.
Not every woman needs a pelvic exam every year, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP). However, you may want to hold off on canceling that appointment. Experts say skipping your pelvic exam could still have some unintended negative consequences on your health. The pelvic exam has important benefits, says OB/GYN … Read More
Rates of cervical cancer in the U.S. have dipped to all-time lows, not only because of early detection through regular Pap tests, but also because of quick, effective treatments for pre-cancerous cervical tissues, including the loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). LEEP, a simple and common surgical procedure, uses a thin, low-voltage electrified wire loop. This … Read More
If you ever wondered how frequently you should visit the gynecologist, here’s your answer. Colleen Raymond, MD, OB/GYN at Cleveland Clinic, encourages patients to visit their OB/GYN once a year. She says an annual gynecologic exam and Pap smear involves more than a cervical cancer screening. There are other important annual screenings your gynecologist performs, … Read More
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When doctors want to do a careful evaluation of an abnormal Pap test, they usually recommend a colposcopy. This complicated word really means a fairly simple procedure — examining the cervix in detail with a pair of high-tech binoculars. The whole thing usually takes less than 10 minutes. Can you go 5 years between Pap … Read More
Maybe you’ve had an ultrasound and something came up abnormal. Or experienced some irregular, heavy, or postmenopausal bleeding. Or you could be struggling with infertility. To better diagnose the problem, your doctor orders an SIS, or saline-infusion sonography. This is a special ultrasound for imaging the uterus. But what is it, exactly, and what does … Read More
Holly L. Thacker, MD, talks about the tests and screenings you need in your 20s to protect your health now and for the future. At 21, you should get the first of your Pap smear screenings.
It’s never a good feeling to get a call from your doctor’s office telling you about an abnormality on your Pap test. But most of the time, there’s not much to worry about. Paps can pick up subtle abnormalities in the cells of the cervix. Officially, a Pap is looking for cervical cancer and its … Read More
We know doctor visits that involve stirrups aren’t exactly your favorite way to spend the day, but when you consider the risks of not going for your routine exam, they seem like a walk in the park. Women can reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer and increase their likelihood of survival just by going … Read More
Yes, ladies, it is true! You can safely space out pap tests (a collection of cells taken at the time of a periodic pelvic exam). The U.S. Preventive Health task force recently released new pap test guidelines.