Pap smears, also known as Pap tests, are an essential part of maintaining your reproductive health. During this test, your doctor will gently remove cells from the cervix to screen for cervical cancer or HPV. Having abnormal cells is not always a sign of cervical cancer. If your Pap smear shows that abnormal cells are present, you and your doctor will discuss additional testing to confirm your diagnosis.
At The Women’s Health Group in metro Denver, Colorado, we’re here to walk you through every step of the process. Our kind and compassionate providers are here to answer any questions to help put your mind at ease during the Pap smear process.
When Do I Need To Get a Pap Smear?
How often you need a Pap smear test depends on several factors, such as age and risk. If you are under 21 years old, you do not need to receive a Pap smear. Once you turn 21, many doctors recommend you receive a Pap smear every three years. If you are HIV positive or have a weakened immune system, your doctor may recommend you receive Pap smears more frequently.
Women over the age of 30 with negative Pap smear results can request human papillomavirus (HPV) screening along with their Pap smear. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that leads to genital warts and an increased risk of cervical cancer. Most cases of HPV clear up on their own without the need for HPV treatment by your doctor.
Why Do I Need a Pap Smear?
Regardless of your sexual activity, you should get a Pap smear based on your age recommendation. A Pap smear is a great way to detect cervical cancer early and give you a better chance for effective treatment and recovery. Regularly having Pap smears lets your doctor detect abnormal cells before cervical cancer forms.
Pap smears are also an excellent way to detect sexually transmitted infections such as HPV, which can be inactive for years before you begin to experience symptoms.
Learn More About Our Pap Smear Tests in Metro Denver
If you would like to receive a Pap smear or learn more about our services, our providers are happy to help. We encourage you to contact The Women’s Health Group at your nearest location today.