Annual Pap Smears in San Antonio
- Annual pap smears and a one-year prescription of birth control
When a woman reaches 18 or becomes sexually active, whichever comes first, she should have a complete examination every year. Pap smears are done as part of the annual visit. At Baby Debut, medical and reproductive history is taken, and your weight, height and blood pressure will be recorded.
You will be asked for any family history of illnesses, your present health status and habits, details of your menstrual cycle, your sexual history, your history of surgeries, pregnancies and methods of contraception. This information is needed to determine your health needs.
We will discuss contraception choices with you, and instruct you on the use and method of your choice. After your exam, you will receive a one-year prescription of your birth control of choice – which is included in the fee you pay for your annual visit.
The primary purpose of an annual pap smear is to detect abnormal and potentially pre-cancerous or cancerous cervical cells. Cells are obtained from a woman's cervix at the time of a pelvic exam and sent to a lab for evaluation.
Baby Debut recommends an annual pap smear. According to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer was once the most common cause of cancer death among American women. Between 1955 and 1992, the number of cervical cancer deaths in the U.S. dropped by 74% thanks to the increased use of the annual pap test.
Cervical cancer affects women mostly over 20 years of age and occurs most often in Hispanic women. In fact, the rate for Hispanic women is twice that of non-Hispanic white women. African-American women develop this cancer about 50 percent more often than non-Hispanic white women. For more information, visit http://www.cancer.org/docroot/LRN/LRN_0.asp?dt=8
When abnormal cells are found, other diagnostic procedures and treatments may be performed.
A colposcopy is a special diagnostic procedure that is performed in our office should you receive abnormal pap smear results. After a consultation with a member of our health care team about your abnormal pap smear, you may be scheduled for a colposcopy the same day, if you prefer. It is a painless procedure performed in our office.
Our physicians have special expertise in colposcopies and will carefully examine the cervix, vagina and vulva with a colposcopy, which is similar to a microscope that magnifies the cervix. Through careful examination, abnormal areas are identified. Following the colposcopy, the physician will recommend further treatment or follow-up care. Such care may include an electrosurgical procedure, cryosurgery or repeat pap smears.