Women often confuse pelvic exams and pap smears as being the same procedure. However, they are two distinct wellness services. During a pelvic exam, the gynecologist examines the external genitalia and inserts a speculum into the vagina. The speculum enables the examination of the cervix. Then, the physician swabs the cervix to collect cells, which are examined in a lab. The pap smear is a screening tool, rather than a diagnostic test, to check for the presence of abnormal cells.
You can learn more about pelvic exams and pap smears by watching this video. This gynecologist discusses what will happen if abnormal cells and HPV infection are present, and what a physician may recommend if abnormal cells are present without an HPV infection.
Washington Surgi-Clinic is a fully equipped gynecology practice that provides women of the Maryland and Virginia areas with pap smears and a range of other women’s healthcare services . To schedule an affordable pap smear, call our office at (202) 659-9403.