Pap Smear Specialist

A Pap Smear is a vital part of women’s healthcare visits, and it is important to have a doctor who knows how and when to administer this test. Salcedo Medical Center, located in the Logan Square and South Loop neighborhoods of Chicago, IL, provides pap smears and much more.

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Pap Smear Q & A

What is a Pap Smear?

A pap smear is a test that checks for the presence of cervical cancer by looking for cancerous and precancerous cells in the cervix area.

Who Should Have a Pap Smear?

Sexually active women should have pap smears, even if they haven’t been sexually active in a long time. Nearly every woman will need to have a pap smear. A pap smear is the best way of detecting the signs of cervical cancer early, so it is a very important test for nearly all women.

What is the Pap Smear Process?

During a pap smear, the patient will disrobe from the waist down, using a sheet for coverage. The doctor will have the patient place their feet in stirrups on the exam table. The doctor will then insert a speculum, a small medical instrument used for dilation, into the vagina. The cervix will then be gradually opened up until the doctor can obtain a small sample of cells from the cervical opening.

Is There Any Recovery Time After a Pap Smear?

No, a pap smear is a quick test that requires no recovery time. Most patients are able to return to their usual routine right away afterwards.

How Long Does it Take to Get the Pap Smear Test Results?

The physician will let each patient know how long it will take to get their results. The office will contact patients as soon as their results are ready. If the pap smear is abnormal, the doctor will need to see the patient for another appointment.

What Does an Abnormal Pap Smear Mean?

An abnormal pap smear usually indicates the presence of HPV. However, it may often resolve on its own. There are also cases where the HPV must be treated to prevent it from eventually turning into cancer. An abnormal pap smear does not always mean that cancer is present. The doctor will usually schedule a biopsy to determine whether treatment needs to be pursued when an abnormal pap smear result occurs.

Salcedo Medical Center
3132 W North Avenue
Chicago , IL 60647 (Logan Square)

2335 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616 (South Loop)

Phone: 773-227-3132
Fax: 773-227-3309
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