The Women's Group
OBGYNs located in Pensacola, FL
As an important part of any woman’s preventive care, The Women’s Group provides Pap smears to patients in and around Pensacola, Florida. Call the office to schedule a Pap smear or to learn more about this test.
Pap Smears Q & A
What is a Pap smear?
A Pap smear tests for the presence of cervical cancer in a patient. During a gynecological exam, our doctors take a small sample of cells from the outer part of the cervix and send it to a laboratory. In the laboratory, a technician evaluates the cells to ensure that they aren’t abnormal.
Why do patients need Pap smears?
The risk of cervical cancer is significant, but highly curable if caught early. Pap smears help doctors catch cervical cancer quickly so that it can be treated effectively.
How often are Pap smears necessary?
In general, the medical staff at The Women’s Group recommends that sexually active women over the age of 21 get a Pap smear at least once every 3 years. At the age of 30, women may opt to get Pap smears once every 5 years, but our doctors recommend testing for human papillomavirus during this interval as well. Discuss your Pap smear needs with the doctor before deciding on a particular interval.
What happens during a Pap smear?
During a Pap smear, the patient lays down on a bed and puts her feet in stirrups. The doctor inserts a speculum into the vagina. Once the doctor has visualized the cervix, they use a small brush or other instrument to remove some cells from the cervix.
Is a Pap smear painful?
Though usually not painful, if a patient experiences discomfort during a Pap smear, they should bring the issue to the doctor’s attention.
What do abnormal results mean?
If a patient’s Pap smear results appear abnormal, that doesn’t necessarily mean they have cervical cancer. Our team at The Women’s Group always orders further testing to determine why the results appear abnormal. In some cases, abnormal results indicate that there are precancerous cells, which must be removed.
What if I need a Colposcopy?
The purpose of a colposcopy is to look for cervical pre-cancers and rule out cervical cancer, so having a colposcopy exam can give you peace of mind. Our practice uses the Dysis Ulta colposcope which utilizes computer-aided cervical mapping. This innovative technology helps our clinicians better identify abnormal areas for further examination (biopsy) and earlier treatment .
To learn more about abnormal pap smears, click here.
Please call the office if you have questions regarding your health insurance.
Words from our patients
"I will never forget the depth of their caring...after 20 years I have never had anything but respect and appreciation for their professionalism..."
"I have been amazed by my quick recovery time. After my surgery, even the nurses in the hospital were impressed by her. Her bedside manner is impeccable."
"Every question I've had, they've always been too happy to answer without making me feel like it was a stupid question. I have not a single complaint about this place."
"Everyone there creates a very comforting environment, each visit has been smooth sailing... Thanks for all you guys do!"
"Dr. Grammer has been my obgyn for 15 years now and I love him and nurse Terry. Great bed side manner."
"Dr Grammer is my OB doctor and I wouldn't go to anyone else! He is very knowledgeable and nice!"
"Awesome experience! Friendly front desk receptionist and great office setting. People there are just so nice, I thank God so much for this new OBG."
"Love this doctor. She really made me feel comfortable. She was my doc when I had my son. The staff is great!"
"Dr. Prafke is great...Dr. Prafke was very nice, thorough, and she didn't make me feel uncomfortable."