Pap smear and HPV testing are central to women’s health and are services available through the care of OB/GYN Lev Kandinov, MD, at Aventura OBGYN Specialists in Aventura, Florida. These essential screenings are completed during your annual well-woman exam or can occur on a standalone basis. To learn more about Pap smear or HPV screening, schedule an appointment today. You can book your visit 24 hours a day using the easy online scheduling tool, or call to check appointment availability.
A Pap smear, sometimes referred to as a Pap test, is a screening tool used to detect cervical cancer. Pap smear testing is part of routine well-woman care, and these simple tests are performed during your pelvic exam.
An estimated 500,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year around the world. In America, the incidence of invasive cervical cancer and cervical cancer deaths have dropped sharply after Pap smear testing became a common part of women’s health care.
Your Pap smear is conducted during a pelvic exam. You’ll lie back with your feet resting in stirrups to allow Dr. Kandinov to insert a medical device called a speculum. This device gently opens your vaginal walls, giving a clear view of your cervix.
A small spatula or brush is used to collect a sample of cells from your cervix. You may feel a brief cramping sensation at this time, similar to a menstrual cramp. Some women don’t notice any sensation during cell sampling.
The collected cells are then sent to a lab where a technician examines them under a microscope to check for any abnormalities. If there are signs of cancerous changes, Dr. Kandinov asks you to return to the office for additional screening.
Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a group of more than 100 related viruses, some of which cause the vast majority of cervical cancers. HPV is incredibly common, and almost everyone will contract and fight off infection at some point in their lives. HPV testing is an important part of cervical cancer screening, as the presence of certain forms of the virus indicate an elevated risk of cancer.
Vaccinations are available that can protect you against HPV infection. An expansive public health campaign about the importance of adolescent vaccination for both boys and girls is increasing vaccination numbers. Future generations may experience far fewer cases of cervical cancer and other cancers of the mouth, throat, and genitalia due to vaccination.
To learn more about Pap smear and HPV screening, schedule a well-woman exam with Dr. Kandinov today. You can set up your visit online or by phone.