Pap Smear in Gilbert, AZ
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What Is A Pap Smear?
It is suggested that each female have a Pap smear once a year to check for abnormalities in the cervix. This exam can help women stay on top of their health and address any issues as early as possible. At our female-led office, board-certified gynecologist Dr. Linda Sodoma offers Pap smears to women in Mesa, Tempe, and surrounding Arizona communities who are 21 years old or over to check for HPV, precancer, or cancerous cells in the cervix. We often perform these exams during a well-woman exam but can be performed at any time upon your request. In the event that abnormalities are found, we can walk you through the next steps. For more information or to schedule your annual Pap smear, contact Life Care for Women in Gilbert, AZ today.
What Can I Expect from A Pap Smear?
It's important that you make your Pap smear appointment when you won't be menstruating, as it could interfere with our results. We also suggest that you avoid sex, tampons, or douching two days prior to your appointment. The exam is relatively quick and is performed in one of our private and comfortable treatment rooms. Dr. Sodoma will gently insert a speculum to keep your vagina open, then will collect a sample by brushing a small swab onto your cervix. The procedure may be a little bit uncomfortable, but it's nothing too bad. You may need to wear a sanitary napkin after your Pap smear in case of spotting. Once the results of your Pap smear come back, we will share them with you and suggest any next steps as necessary.
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Dr. Sodoma was my 2nd opinion and now my first choice moving forward. I was disheartened when I first heard of my situation and a patient recommended I see her doctor-Sodoma. My consult with her was 180 degrees from what I was told from the previous doctor. Sodoma took lead on my operation and the other doctors were excited to work with her postop which felt like further validation that I had chosen the right doctor for my care. A 20 year+ situation is now resolved and I have very little scarring. My body is rejuvenated and I can participate in life more fully.
Dr. Sodoma was so nice, helpful and receptive to my concerns. She explained things well and answered questions without making me feel rushed. The front and back staff was also friendly and engaging and I was taken promptly at my appointment time. Very good experience.
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Care for Your Feminine Health
Board-certified gynecologist Dr. Linda Sodoma and her team at Life Care for Women spend their days worrying about your health. By performing important annual exams, such as the Pap smear, we can help you take control of your feminine well-being. Pap smears are an important exam that can screen for cancers and catch them as early as possible. We urge you to schedule a Pap smear or well-woman exam at our Gilbert, AZ office as soon as possible.
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Pap Smear FAQs
Is a Pap smear painful?
A Pap smear is painless for most, but some women report feeling some discomfort from the speculum that collects cells from the cervix. Dr. Sodoma understands that some patients may be nervous about their annual pelvic exams or are more likely to be sensitive than others. Feel free to discuss ways we can make the exam more comfortable for you.
How do I prepare for a Pap Smear?
Women who have a Pap smear at our Gilbert, AZ office should have knowledge of their medical and gynecological histories and be apprised if they have a family history of issues like cervical cancer. Life Care For Women asks that you avoid using topical medications and tampons until after your appointment. Having sex soon before your Pap smear may also prevent you from getting the most accurate results.
How long does it take to get results?
It takes at least a few days to receive the results of a Pap smear and often takes longer than a week. Rest assured, if your test results show any abnormalities, such as pre-cancerous cells, a member of Dr. Sodoma's team will contact you immediately to discuss your next steps.
Can Pap smears detect cancer?
While a Pap smear can detect abnormalities, it does not detect cancer. More in-depth testing must be done to detect cervical cancer should the Pap smear detect irregular cervical cells.