Thanks to Pap tests, the rate of cervical cancer in American women decreased by more than 50% in the past 30 years. OB/GYN Ruslana Kadze, MD, MS, FACOG, offers quick and painless Pap tests at her private practice in Tarzana, California. If you’re due for a Pap test, don’t wait to get screened. Call or click online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kadze today.
A Pap test, or Pap smear, involves taking a sample of cells from your cervix to check for abnormal changes. Pap tests are painless and usually, take only a few minutes to perform.
During a pelvic exam, Dr. Kadze swabs the surface of your cervix to collect the cell sample. She sends this sample to a lab, where they get examined for signs of disease.
Regular Pap tests play a critical role in maintaining your reproductive health by screening for cervical cancer or abnormal cells that may turn into cancer later.
A few days after your exam, Dr. Kadze gets your Pap test results from the lab. Negative results are a good sign, meaning there are no unusual cells on your cervix. If your results are negative, you don’t need to take any further steps until your next scheduled Pap test.
Positive results mean there are abnormal changes to some of your cervical cells. This doesn't mean you have cancer, but Dr. Kadze may suggest additional tests.
Typically, the next step after a positive Pap test is colposcopy, a procedure that allows Dr. Kadze to closely examine your cervix with a special magnifying instrument called a colposcope. Depending on your condition, she may also take a cervical biopsy for further lab testing.
The frequency of your Pap tests depends on your age and whether you’ve had an abnormal Pap test recently. Most women need a Pap test at least once every three to five years, but you may need one every six to 12 months in some cases.
Dr. Kadze reviews your medical history to determine how often you need a Pap test.
Dr. Kadze performs a Pap test during a pelvic exam. While you lay on the exam table with your feet in supports, she gently inserts a speculum into your vagina to hold it open. Then, she quickly swabs your cervix to collect the cells.
You shouldn’t feel any discomfort or experience side effects from a pap test.
If you’re over 30, Dr. Kadze also includes HPV screening in your pap test without any additional procedures.
Regular Pap tests are an essential part of your preventive care. Call the office of Ruslana Kadze, MD, MS, FACOG, or book an appointment online to schedule yours today.