Pap Smear in Norcross, GA

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What Is a Pap Smear?

A Pap smear is a routine screening that detects any abnormal cells in the cervix that could potentially lead to cervical cancer. Women of all ages are susceptible to developing irregular cells so a Pap smear is an important preventive measure. At Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta, Dr. Gerry Sotomayor provides Pap testing in conjunction with annual well-woman exams at our office near Norcross, GA. In the event that abnormal cell growth is discovered, our team will take proper steps to ensure you receive immediate treatment. Dr. Sotomayor is a highly experienced gynecologist who offers compassionate care and takes time to listen to each patient's individualized concerns. Schedule your visit with us today.

What Are the Benefits of A Pap Smear?

A Pap smear is a crucial test that offers several benefits for women's health. This screening procedure detects cervical abnormalities, allowing for early intervention and reduced risk of cervical cancer. Here are the key advantages for patients in Atlanta, GA:

  • Early detection of abnormalities.
  • Reduced cervical cancer risk.
  • Timely intervention.
  • Improved treatment outcomes.
  • Peace of mind with negative results.

How Is a Pap Smear Performed?

A Pap smear is quick and will be performed as part of your yearly well-woman exam at our office near Norcross, GA. You will be positioned on an exam table with your feet placed in stirrups before a speculum is inserted into your vagina to obtain a tissue sample from your cervix. You may feel a brief pinch as Dr. Sotomayor uses a specialized brush and a scraping device to collect the sample of cells. The tissue sample will be sent to the lab for testing. Following your Pap smear, you will be free to get back to your usual activities. You might have some slight cramping or mild bleeding, but this shouldn't last for more than a couple of days. In the event of an abnormal Pap test, our office will notify you as soon as possible. We will let you know the next steps regarding follow-up testing and treatment for abnormal Pap smears.

Pap Smear FAQ

How do I prepare for a Pap smear?
Women who get a Pap smear at our Norcross, GA facility should have knowledge of their medical and gynecological histories and should be sure to let Dr. Sotomayor if they have a family history of issues like cervical cancer. Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center requests that you avoid using topical medications and tampons until after your Pap smear is finished. Having sex shortly before your Pap smear may also prevent you from getting the most accurate results.

How long does it take to get results?
It takes several business days or longer to receive the results of a Pap smear. However, our staff will call you as soon as the results are available. If your results show that you have pre-cancerous cells or an infection that must be addressed, we will contact you promptly to discuss your next steps and schedule your next appointment.

Can Pap smears detect cancer?
While a pap smear can detect abnormalities, it cannot detect cancer. More sensitive specific testing at Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center will need to be done to detect cervical cancer.

Prevention for women

Taking care of your reproductive and sexual health is vital for your total well-being. The team at Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta takes a holistic, compassionate approach to care through Pap testing and other preventive services at our office near Norcross, GA. Reach out to our friendly team to schedule your Pap smear and annual exam today.

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