You know your body!
If something isn’t quite right, you can schedule an appointment with a caring medical provider at Anchor of Hope. A well-woman visit includes a visual and physical exam of a woman’s reproductive organs. A medical provider can provide an exam, tests and offer necessary treatment for vaginal infections and/or STDs if needed.
Cervical Cancer Screening
Cervical cancer screening exam that includes a PAP test is recommended every 3 years for woman age 21-65 years old, and your first PAP test should begin within 3 years after your first sexual experience. With a normal test result, your provider may recommend follow up every 3-5 years, depending on your particular risk factors.
A PAP is a screening tool for cell abnormalities related to sexually transmitted HPV (human papillomavirus) infection. It identifies abnormal cells in your cervix that may lead to cervical cancer if not treated correctly. Click here to learn more.
Although there is not a cure for HPV, vaccines are available which provide protection from some strains of HPV.
Get Ready for your PAP or HPV test
Call a nurse at Anchor of Hope to get scheduled for your test. Call for a date and time when you are not having your period.
The day before the test, you should not douche, use a tampon, have sex or insert anything else into your vagina.
Your provider will ask you some basic health questions and talk you through the procedure. The appointment may last 20-30 minutes and you should have the results in less than 3 weeks.
Based on your results, your provider may contact you if your test shows something might not be normal or follow up is required. Taking this step to screen for cervical cancer is an important part of your overall health.