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When was the last time you received a Pap smear? If you do not remember, or if you have never gotten this test, you may want to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist as soon as possible. This fast and painless procedure can provide important lifesaving benefits for women of all ages.

What happens during a Pap smear?

A Pap smear is a common part of a gynecological exam. In addition to performing a clinical breast and uterine examination, a gynecologist may evaluate the cervix to determine if any abnormalities might be present . The doctor may insert a small swab into the vagina that can take sample cells from the surface of the cervix. The test takes only moments to perform, and many patients feel nothing at all during the procedure.

Should I get a Pap smear?

All adult women should receive Pap smears. How often you have a Pap smear depends on your personal health, medical history, and lifestyle. Some doctors may recommend annual Pap smears for women of child-bearing age who are also sexually active. Post-menopausal women with no history of cervical cancer may require less frequent Pap smears. Talking to your doctor about your individual health issues can help you determine how often you should undergo this procedure.

What are the benefits of getting a Pap smear?

As with any other cancer, the early detection of cervical cancer can potentially avert life-threatening consequences. In fact, a Pap smear can detect cell irregularities that precede the onset of cervical cancer. With early treatment, you can avoid cervical cancer and its more serious complications.

Is it time for you to get your Pap smear? Washington Surgi-Clinic can help you stay on track with your gynecological health. To speak with a representative about our preventive health services, or to schedule an appointment for a Pap smear, call (202) 659-9403. You can also visit our website for information on our other health services, including first- and second-trimester abortions, for women in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.