A Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. It is recommended that women who are sexually active have cervical cancer screening. Based on those results the frequency of future Pap smears will be determined.
The provider will perform a Pap smear by inserting a speculum in to the vagina to help visualize the cervix. A brush or cotton swab will be used to obtain a sample of the cells in and around the cervix. The cells will be sent to a laboratory where a pathologist will study them to determine if there is an abnormality. Most patients will receive their results within 1 week. We will contact you by mail or by telephone if your results require further evaluation or testing.
Gardasil is the vaccine that is given to women to help protect against diseases that are caused by certain strains of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Diseases such as cervical cancer, vulvar and vaginal cancer and genital warts can be caused by the various types of HPV. Gardasil is given as a series of 3 injections. Please ask a Healthcare provider at Parkmed if you are a candidate for Gardasil. We are happy to provide you with the series of injections to guard against HPV related diseases.
LEEP stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. This procedure may be recommended for women who have had an abnormal colposcopy result. A LEEP is performed by using a thin, low voltage wire to remove the abnormal cells or tissue. Most of our patients elect to receive anesthesia for this procedure. You will meet with a Healthcare Provider to receive information about after-care following your LEEP. It is normal to expect light bleeding and mild cramping. Please refrain from sexual intercourse, tampon use and douching for 3 weeks following the LEEP.