Gynecology Clinic – Orlando Women’s Center Abortion Clinic.
Routine Gynecological check-ups and exams are important to maintain good health. Our Gynecology clinic sees patients on an appointment basis only.
Gynecological exams include a yearly Pap Smear, pelvic exam, breast exam, and lab tests which may help to identify any abnormalities patients may be experiencing. Early diagnosis is a very important factor in successful treatment.
Our Gynecologist will perform vaginal cultures, urine and blood tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) and treatment. We also provide education for the prevention of STDs. Birth control options will be discussed to prevent unwanted pregnancies since this will prevent the number one cause of abortions.
During an appointment at the Women’s Centers, feel free to ask any questions you have about Chlamydia, HIV/AIDs, Human Papillomavirus (HPV/genital warts), gonorrhea or herpes.
What Is The Purpose Of The Pap Smear?
The Pap smear is a test that examines cells collected from the cervix. The purpose is to screen for cervical cancer, although it can also detect precancerous cellular changes and HPV. The Pap smear was developed in the early 1940’s and since then; deaths from cervical cancer have decreased by 70%.
How Is A Pap Smear Performed?
Pap smears are performed by removing superficial cells from the cervix which are collected with a small brush. The collection of these cells takes just a few seconds to perform and there is no pain or discomfort involved.
What Is The Importance of the Pap Smear?
Early detection of abnormal cell changes in the cervix is very important in order to have the best chance of treatment. Cervical abnormalities leading to cancer normally do not have any symptoms.
How To Prepare For A Pap Smear?
One should refrain from intercouse, vaginal douche or insertion of tampons 24 hours prior to having a Pap performed.
How Does Having A Pap Smear Feel?
A Pap smear consists of using a soft brush to remove superficial cells from the cervix. Most women experience no pain or discomfort. A small percentage of patients may experience mild uterine cramps.
A small amount of bleeding or light pinkish discharge is not unusual and may last for a few hours.
How Often Should Pap Smears be Performed?
Women should have their first Pap Smear and every three years thereafter.
At age 30, the Pap Smear can be increased to every 5 years with a normal Pap and negative HPV results.
Women may stop having Pap Smears after 65 or 70 years old if they have had 3 Negative Pap results in the previous 10 years.
If a patient has an abnormal Pap Smear, the frequency of having them performed in a year will increase.
Other reasons to increase the frequency of Pap Smears besides an abnormal result the following:
- Immune Compromised
- Positive HIV
- DES exposure
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 35 to 54 years of age. The tumor contains lumps of malignant cells in the breast. Most lumps in the breast are not cancerous but some are. Most patients with breast cancer have no family history or other known risk factors associated with breast cancers.
Incidence of Breast Cancer
- Breast cancer occurs in about 1 in 8 women.
- 185,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year.
- Early detection is the key to treating the disease.
Early Detection Of Breast Cancer:
Get yearly breast exams; report any breast lumps or other suspicious changes to your Physician. If over 40 years old, yearly mammograms are recommended.
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