Pap Smear Specialist

Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC

OB/GYNs located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY & Upper East Side, New York, NY

Getting routine Pap smears is one of the best ways to detect cervical cancer in its early stages and prevent serious complications. The team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC in New York offers comprehensive women’s health exams, including Pap tests, at conveniently located offices in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Schedule a pelvic exam and Pap smear over the phone or online today.

Pap Smear Q & A

What is a Pap smear?

Pap smears, or Pap tests, are procedures that screen for cervical cancer in women. Your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC takes a sample of cells from your cervix so a lab can detect any precancerous changes before serious complications arise. Your provider can complete Pap tests during routine pelvic exams.

Is a Pap smear right for me?

Talk with your gynecologist to find out if you’re a good candidate for a Pap smear. As a rule, your provider might recommend you begin Pap testing at about age 21 and repeat it every three years until age 65. They may suggest you also undergo HPV testing along with a Pap smear in certain instances.

If you’re at risk of cervical cancer, your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC might recommend more frequent Pap tests. Your risk increases with:

  • A past cervical cancer diagnosis
  • Previous precancerous cells
  • HIV infection
  • A history of smoking
  • A weak immune system
  • Diethylstilbestrol (DES) exposure before birth

To determine how often you should undergo Pap tests, talk with your provider. They personalize each treatment based on your health history, age, lifestyle habits, and risk factors.

What happens during a Pap smear?

Before getting a Pap smear, your gynecologist checks your vital signs and reviews your medical history. They ask questions about your risk factors and complete a comprehensive physical examination, including a pelvic exam.

While you lie on a comfortable reclining exam table, your provider inserts a speculum into your vagina. They collect a sample of cells from your cervix and send it to a lab, where technicians can detect precancerous cells and cancer.

What should I expect after a Pap smear?

After your provider completes a Pap smear, there’s no downtime so you can resume a normal routine right away. When your provider receives the test results, they discuss them with you. A normal result means your cervical cells are normal and you don’t have cervical cancer or precancerous cells. 

If your results come back abnormal, your provider might recommend further diagnostic testing or a minor surgical procedure to remove precancerous cells. In the case of more advanced cervical cancer, they can refer you to a highly trained cancer specialist.

To help your provider detect cervical cancer in its highly treatable early stage, schedule a women’s health examination and Pap test at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC over the phone or online today.