Because the health of your reproductive organs is an important part of your general wellness and well-being, it’s important that you get regular gynecological care. John Scaffidi, MD, FABOM, FACOG, at Lehigh Valley Weight Loss, with offices in Allentown and Easton, Pennsylvania, is a women’s health expert with over 25 years of experience who provides gynecological exams, including Pap smears. To schedule your exam, call the office or book an appointment using the online booking tool.
Gynecological care is the specialized medical care women need to monitor reproductive health and screen for various diseases. Women should have a gynecological exam every year.
During your well-woman visit, Dr. Scaffidi conducts a thorough history and physical exam, including a pelvic exam, to assess both general and reproductive health. Depending on your age and health history, he may also recommend special tests, such as the Pap smear, to screen for various illnesses.
A Pap smear is a screening test used to check for abnormalities in the cervix that could indicate the presence of cancer or precancerous cells. Detecting cervical cancer or the potential for cervical cancer as early as possible improves the chance for successful treatment.
During a Pap smear, Dr. Scaffidi inserts a speculum inside your vagina, allowing him to see the cervix. Once he inserts the speculum, he painlessly swabs the cervix to obtain a sample of cells. This only takes a few seconds. This sample is sent to a laboratory for analysis.
Some women experience discomfort during Pap smears, but they normally don’t cause significant pain. In some cases, women have light bleeding or cramping following their Pap smear. If you’re worried about pain during a Pap smear, you should discuss your concerns with Dr. Scaffidi, who already uses the most pain-free techniques possible, but he can make adjustments to minimize discomfort.
Expect your Pap smear results between a few days and two weeks following your exam. If the results of a Pap smear are abnormal, Dr. Scoffodi may recommend a follow-up Pap smear or additional testing.
Women who are 21 years old or older should have regular Pap smears. Dr. Scaffidi recommends how frequently you should be tested, based on your individual risk factors.
For expert gynecological care from a women’s health expert, call Lehigh Valley Weight Loss today, or schedule your appointment using the online booking tool.