Pap Smear

Coral Springs OBGYN, LLC

Carlos Barrionuevo, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Coral Springs, FL

Imagine that one simple test could let you catch cancer before it can even develop. Such is the case with a Pap test. At Coral Springs OBGYN, LLC, Dr. Carlos Barrionuevo offers this simple test as part of his routine gynecological care, giving his patients in Coral Springs, Florida invaluable peace of mind. To get your Pap test, call the office or fill out the form online to schedule an appointment.

Pap Smear Q & A

What is a Pap smear?

When it comes to cancer, it's rare to catch it in its early stages, but that's exactly what a simple Pap test does. A Pap test is designed to detect cancerous or precancerous cells on your cervix.

Up until a few decades ago, cervical cancer was one of the leading causes of cancer death among women in the United States. Today, thanks in large part to the Pap test, these numbers have decreased significantly, to about 4,000 deaths a year.

The Pap test is one of the fastest, easiest tests you’ll undergo for your health. During your exam, Dr. Barrionuevo takes a swab of your cervix to collect cells for study in a lab.

How often should I get a Pap test?

Under normal circumstances, Dr. Barrionuevo performs a Pap test according to the following schedule:

  • Between ages 21 and 29: Once every three years
  • Between 30 and 64: Once every three years without an HPV test OR once every five years along with an HPV test

Once you reach 65, it’s more than likely that Dr. Barrionuevo will discontinue testing.

If you have specific health concerns that he wants to monitor, or your tests show abnormal results, expect Dr. Barrionuevo to test you more frequently.

What do abnormal Pap results mean?

If your test shows abnormal cell changes, it’s not necessarily a cause for concern. It means that an HPV infection is probably present, which your body can handle on its own. Dr. Barrionuevo will test you 3-6 months later to verify that your body removed the infection.

If your second test comes back showing abnormal cell changes again, Dr. Barrionuevo may investigate further with a colposcopy to take a tissue sample of your cervix for biopsy. If there’s still evidence of abnormal cells on your cervix, he treats those cells before they turn into cancer.

To stay one step ahead of cervical cancer, call Coral Springs OBGYN to schedule your Pap test. Or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.