At his OB/GYN practice in Tarzana, California, Dr. Renan offers routine Pap smears during your annual gynecology appointment as a preventive measure for protecting your reproductive health. As part of your women’s health exam, Dr. Jehuda Renan performs a Pap test to identify cancer risks in your cervix. If you need to schedule an annual Pap smear, call the office or book an appointment online.
A Pap smear is a routine test Dr. Renan uses to check for abnormal cells in the cervix. Cellular changes can indicate the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells in the cervix that can result in cervical cancer.
If you are between the ages of 21 and 65, Dr. Renan performs a Pap test as part of your routine exam. You also need regular Pap smear testing if you have had abnormal tests in the past or are at high-risk for HPV.
If you are post-menopausal and under 65, you should still receive an annual pap smear. If you are over 65 and have had at least three normal Pap tests, you won’t need to have additional testing.
If you have undergone a hysterectomy and have no previous history of cervical cancer, you won’t need to have Pap smears during your annual exam.
You should prepare in advance for your Pap smear to ensure accurate testing results. For two days before your appointment, you shouldn’t:
If you have your period on your scheduled exam day, Dr. Renan suggests you reschedule the appointment for another time.
Dr. Renan performs your Pap smear in a comfortable office environment in which you dress in a medical robe and lie on the examination table. Dr. Renan helps you place your feet in stirrups, and then he inserts a speculum into your vagina to open it up and provide access to your cervix. He collects cells from your cervix using a brush or testing stick.
During the procedure, you may feel some discomfort or pressure. Afterward, you may experience some light vaginal spotting.
Dr. Renan sends your cell samples to a medical laboratory for testing. If testing shows abnormal results, Dr. Renan calls to schedule a follow-up appointment with you to discuss the results and further testing options, including a colposcopy.
If you have abnormal Pap results, Dr. Renan may use a colposcopy procedure to examine your cervix carefully and identify abnormal cell growth.
A colposcopy is similar to a Pap smear, except Dr. Renan uses a magnifying instrument to shine a bright line into the vaginal canal. He may also internally apply a solution to highlight abnormal cells.
Book an appointment online or schedule a Pap smear by calling the office.