To protect the health of your reproductive system, the team at North Atlanta Women's Specialists offers in-office preventive screenings, including Pap smears, to identify cervical cancer as early as possible. At the East Cobb office in Marietta, Johns Creek office in Duluth, and Northside and Midtown offices in Atlanta, Georgia, the team offers comprehensive care if tests reveal you have precancerous or cancerous cells in your cervix. You can schedule a Pap smear by requesting an appointment online or calling your nearest office today.
A Pap smear is a diagnostic test that North Atlanta Women's Specialists offers as part of your routine preventive care. The test can identify cell changes in the cervix that may indicate a risk for or the presence of cervical cancer.
Your provider will discuss the optimal screening intervals for Pap smear testing, depending on your age, sexual health, and medical history.
By identifying precancerous or cancerous changes in your cervix as early as possible, your chances for successful treatment are much higher than with a delayed diagnosis.
Your provider at North Atlanta Women's Specialists performs a Pap smear during your routine pelvic exam to identify any cell changes in the cervix that may signify a risk for or the presence of cervical cancer.
After an evaluation of your reproductive organs, your provider uses a long cotton swab or brush to collect cervical cell samples. They then send the samples to a medical lab for further evaluation to confirm or rule out cancer.
To ensure the most accurate results, North Atlanta Women's Specialists will ask you to avoid tampon use and sex for a day or two leading up to your test.
Following a Pap smear, you may feel some discomfort, and it’s normal to have spotting or mild vaginal discharge after your test.
Typically, it takes a few days to receive the results of your Pap smear from the medical lab. The North Atlanta Women's Specialists team will contact you to discuss your results.
If your Pap smear reveals abnormalities, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer. They may recommend another Pap smear or other diagnostic testing to identify underlying health issues and confirm a diagnosis.
Women with abnormal cervical cells may need surgery to remove the growths and prevent the development or spread of cancer. They also discuss other treatments available if you do have cervical cancer.
Request a consultation online or by calling North Atlanta Women's Specialists to discuss the preventive and diagnostic benefits of a Pap smear.