Pap Smear

Pap smear testing stands as one of the most impactful diagnostic tools in the realm of women’s health. Dr. Meryl E. Kahan, MD, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist at SheMD, extends this vital service to the residents of the Little Neck and Douglaston neighborhoods in Queens, New York City, as well as the Great Neck area in Nassau County. Initiating this essential aspect of women’s health is just a click away – book your visit online or call to confirm appointment availability.

Pap Smear Q & A

Pap smear testing is a pivotal diagnostic tool in the detection of cervical cancer. Initiate Pap smear testing during your wellness exams starting at the age of 21.When your test results return normal, an annual Pap smear may not be necessary; opting for the test every three years is a viable choice. Depending on your health history, Dr. Kahan might advise more frequent screenings.

The widespread availability of Pap smear testing, coupled with the HPV vaccine, has significantly reduced mortality rates from cervical cancer. These straightforward tests unveil cellular abnormalities before the onset of cervical cancer, allowing for the earliest possible interventions.

Pap smear testing is a straightforward procedure conducted by Dr. Kahan during your routine pelvic exams. Using a small spatula or brush, cells are collected from various areas of your cervix, later examined under a microscope to detect abnormalities.While you may experience a brief cramping sensation during the Pap smear, any discomfort is fleeting. Some women report feeling no sensation at all. No anesthesia or preparation is necessary, although if you’re menstruating, rescheduling may be advised.

Although results aren’t immediate, you typically receive your Pap smear results within a few days as they are processed in the lab.

If your pap smear comes back abnormal, Dr. Kahan will review what your particular test result means, and what the next steps are. Depending on the result, this may range from simply repeating the pap smear in one year, to a subsequent procedure called a colposcopy, to a more in depth excisional procedure.

A colposcopy is an in office procedure generally lasting about 15 minutes that involves obtaining a magnified view of the cervix. It allows us to identify any potential areas of concern on the cervix so that we may biopsy them to obtain a sample. Then, the biopsy is sent to the lab for review, which would determine the next steps needed, if any.


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