Pap Smear in Overland Park and Shawnee Mission, KS

A Pap smear or Pap test is a routine procedure used to screen women for cervical cancer. The whole examination is quite simple, as it only requires a swab of cells from the woman’s cervix for testing. The experienced physicians at Women’s Care OBGYN are highly trained in performing this procedure.  Call (913) 384-4990 to schedule an appointment today!

Does Every Woman Need a Pap Smear?

It is advised for women to begin receiving regular Pap smears starting at 21 years of age. These tests usually occur every 3 years, but some individuals will likely be asked to perform Pap smears more often based on certain risk factors such as:

  • A prior diagnosis of cervical cancer or a related precancerous condition of the cervix
  • Confirmed cases of an HIV infection
  • Those with a weakened immune system, usually due to chemotherapy, frequent use of corticosteroids, or an organ transplant
  • A history of smoking

Some women also prefer to complete Pap smears more often than every 3 years for reassurance regarding their health, though this is not necessary. It will be your responsibility to communicate to your doctor about what is best for you moving forward with Pap smear testing.

There are a few situations in which regular Pap smears will no longer be recommended for certain women. These cases include women who have undergone a hysterectomy that was performed for a noncancerous condition, as well as women who are over the age of 65.

Women within this older age range are usually exempt from Pap smears if they have received them regularly throughout their lifetime and have never had one of these tests come back with positive results for cancer. However, you should absolutely discuss other potential risk factors with your Women’s Care OBGYN before suddenly stopping your recommended Pap smears.

How it Works

There really is not much that goes into preparing for a Pap smear, though it is advised to avoid scheduling your test during your menstrual cycle, in addition to avoiding having intercourse or using any substances that may enter the vagina (jellies, douches, etc.). All of these activities are best to refrain from because they may alter the cells of the cervix, which could lead to incorrect Pap smear results.

The entire procedure will take place in your doctor’s office. It will begin by laying down on your back with your feet rested in stirrups. Once in position, your doctor will use a speculum to open the vaginal walls and insert a spatula to gather cells from the cervix.

After a sample has been collected, these cells are taken to a lab to be reviewed for signs of cancerous activity. It typically takes a couple of days to determine the results of the Pap smear, but the exact timeframe will depend upon your particular doctor’s office.

Schedule an Appointment at Women’s Care OBGYN

This routine procedure often takes place as part of a routine or annual exam.  Call to schedule an appointment with our highly trained OBGYNs by calling (913) 384-4990 today!

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COVID-19 Update

Women’s Care is closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. 

If you are experiencing a fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, persistent chest pain or pressure, any other COVID Coronavirus or flu symptoms, or had COVID exposure, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (913) 384-4990. We are accepting appointments, however we are currently not allowing guests with the exception of ONLY allowing ONE guest for patients’ new OB visit and ultrasound, 20 week anatomy ultrasound, and 3D ultrasound. Infants and children are not allowed into our office at this time. 

Here are a few additional resources as well: 

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control

We appreciate your patience during this time, look forward to continuing to serve our community!

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