To identify cervical cancer in the earliest stages, board-certified OB/GYN, Mojan Gabbay, MD, offers in-office Pap smears at her office in the Playa Vista area of Los Angeles, California. Dr. Gabbay can recommend the right timeline for routine Pap smears to protect your reproductive health. She also offers solutions if you receive abnormal Pap smear test results. To schedule a routine Pap smear, call Dr. Gabbay’s office today or request an appointment online now.
A Pap smear is a diagnostic procedure that can identify precancerous cells or cervical cell changes that may be early warning signs of cervical cancer.
By detecting cervical cancer in the earliest stages, you increase your chances of a full recovery and reduce your risk of cancer spreading to other areas of your body.
In many cases, Dr. Gabbay completes a Pap smear at the same time as your pelvic exam. The test is non-invasive and requires only a simple swab of the tissue at the opening of your cervix.
Dr. Gabbay then sends the cell sample to a medical lab for further evaluation to determine if you have a precancerous or cancerous condition.
To ensure accurate results, you shouldn’t have sex, use tampons, or douche for two days before your Pap smear. These activities can interfere with your test and lead to errors. If you have your period on the day of your scheduled Pap smear, call Dr. Gabbay’s office to reschedule for a time outside of your menstrual cycle.
Dr. Gabbay can discuss how long it will take to get the results of your Pap smear. If your test is normal, there’s no need for additional testing. If you receive abnormal Pap smear results, you may need additional diagnostic testing to identify the reason. Often, infections in the vagina or urinary tract can cause abnormal Pap results.
In general, women 21-65 should have a routine Pap smear at least once every three years. Dr. Gabbay can review your medical history, your risk factors for cervical cancer, and your history of Pap smear results to determine the right timeline for testing.
You may need more frequent Pap smears if you have a history of cancer or risk factors like:
As you get older, Dr. Gabbay can recommend the right time when you no longer need a routine Pap smear, such as after a total hysterectomy or when you reach age 65 with no history of cervical or other types of cancer.
To schedule a routine Pap smear, call Dr. Gabbay’s office today or request an appointment using the online booking feature.