Over 13,000 women in the United States will develop cervical cancer this year. At Cupid Family Practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Melissa J. Cupid offers the convenience of in-office Pap tests to identify early signs of cervical cancer to protect reproductive health. Pap tests are minimally invasive and highly effective at determining your risk for developing cervical cancer. To schedule a Pap smear, make an appointment online or by phone.
A Pap smear is a simple procedure that tests for early signs of cervical cancer. This test is typically part of your annual pelvic exam.
During the test, Dr. Cupid collects samples of cells from your cervix. Next, she sends the cells to a medical laboratory for testing. The results show any abnormalities in the cells that may indicate cancer and can determine if you’re at increased risk for developing cancer.
Dr. Cupid lets you know how often you need a Pap test. Women who are sexually active should generally have a regular Pap test every three years. You may need more frequent Pap smears if you these risk factors apply to your case:
After age 65, Dr. Cupid determines if you still need routine Pap testing based on your medical history. Women who undergo a total hysterectomy that includes the removal of the cervix may not require future Pap tests.
A routine Pap test is fast and generally painless. Dr. Cupid uses a large cotton swab to gently scrape cells from your cervix. You may feel a bit of discomfort and pressure as she collects the cells.
Following your Pap test, you may experience mild vaginal discharge or bleeding for one or two days. If there’s any pain or heavy bleeding unassociated with your period, call or make an appointment to discuss this symptom with Dr. Cupid.
If you have a Pap test scheduled and you get your period, you should reschedule your appointment for another time.
When test results show the presence of abnormal cells, Dr. Cupid may perform another Pap test to confirm these results.
Abnormal Pap test results don’t mean you have cervical cancer, and Dr. Cupid is likely to recommend additional testing and treatment based on the type of cells she finds. If you’re at risk for developing cervical cancer, she may refer you to a specialist for further care.
Schedule a routine Pap test online or by calling the office directly to learn more about cervical cancer testing.