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Pap Smear

Singh Family Medical Clinic

Ravinderjit Singh, MD

Family Medicine located in Bakersfield, CA

Pap smears are routine checkups that women should have performed regularly to ensure they don’t have cervical cancer. Dr. Ravinderjit Singh, MD, in Bakersfield, California, and her calm and caring staff at Singh Family Medical Clinic provide gentle Pap smears. To learn more about the Pap smear services provided at Singh Family Medical Clinic, call today or schedule an appointment online.

Pap Smear Q & A

What is a Pap smear?

A Pap smear is a screening for women to check for signs of cervical cancer. This test scans for the presence of cancerous or precancerous cells on the surface of the opening of the uterus, called the cervix.

Cervical cancer can affect your overall health and ability to carry a baby to full term. To prevent cervical cancer, always use a condom during sexual intercourse and talk to Dr. Singh about HPV vaccines when you come in for your office visit.

With routine Pap smears, Dr. Singh ensures that any signs of cervical cancer are treated immediately, to reduce or eliminate the risks that come with cancer, including death.

What can I expect from a Pap smear?

During a Pap smear screening, a medical professional from Singh Family Medical Clinic gently opens your cervix with a speculum and collects a small sample of cells. They send this sample to a lab, where trained technicians perform an examination through a microscope to determine if there see any signs of abnormal growth.

Some women find Pap smears slightly uncomfortable. That’s why Dr. Singh and her team provide women with gentle care — your comfort, throughout the entire checkup, is their priority. A Pap smear screening appointment takes 10 to 30 minutes depending on your doctor’s pace and your specific needs.

How often should I receive a Pap smear?

With routine checkups, you can ensure that you’re free of cervical cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, and other complications. Dr. Singh and her medical staff suggest you schedule appointments for Pap smears every three years. If you are younger than age 21 and not sexually active, you may not require a Pap smear screening.

When you and the women in your family need your Pap smears, Dr. Singh and the medical professionals at Singh Family Medical Clinic in Bakersfield, California, are ready to help. They provide a warm and welcoming office environment and a bedside manner that ensures your complete comfort throughout your screening. To learn more about Pap smears, call today or schedule an appointment online.