Gynecological, pelvic exams and pap tests should be done as frequently as needed based on an individual’s health history. These exams can also include a breast and genital exam.
A pap test—or cytology-based test/smear—is a screening test for cervical cancer. This is still the best method for early detection of abnormal cells. When cell changes are detected early, they can be treated effectively before the condition worsens. This is why it can be important to visit your gynecologist regularly. In some cases, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) should be screened.
Pain and anxiety with medical pelvic exams can be a reason why women might avoid regular testing. Here, we take the time to offer additional education, allow patients to voice their opinion on how to pace the exam and offer strategies to make the exam more tolerable. You will not feel rushed at this appointment.