Livingspring Family Medical Center
Primary Care Physicians & Family Practice Physicians located in Mansfield, TX
Regardless of your age or gender identity, if you are a person with female reproductive organs, women’s health checkups are an important part of preventive care. If you need to schedule a Pap smear or gynecological exam, do so with Tolulope Olabintan, MD, FAAFP, at Livingspring Family Medical Center in Mansfield, Texas. Dr. Olabintan is kind, compassionate, and skilled. Take control of your future and schedule your appointment online or over the phone today.
Pap Smears/Gyn Exams Q & A
Why are Pap smears and gynecological exams important?
Though men and women share many of the same health requirements and concerns, women have their own set of unique health care needs. At different times in a woman’s life, she must concern herself with aspects of her health, such as:
- The state of her reproductive organs
- The possibility of conditions like breast cancer
In order to be and stay healthy at every stage of your life, women must schedule checkups that assess gynecological health. Namely, women need to schedule regular gynecological exams and Pap smears.
Gynecological exams, also known as pelvic exams, focus on your overall reproductive health. The purpose of Pap smears is to monitor for cancerous and precancerous cells in your cervix. With the help of regular gynecological exams and Pap smears, you can take action against any cell abnormalities or other potential issues before they become serious.
What happens during a gynecological exam?
During a gynecological exam, Dr. Olabintan examines your reproductive system, which includes your uterus, vagina, cervix, vulva, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
Gynecological exams include numerous steps.
First, during a visual exam, Dr. Olabintan inspects your vagina and vulva for signs of irritation or infection. Such signs may include redness, sores, or unusual discharge.
Next, she performs a manual exam during which she inspects your reproductive system using gloved hands to check for abnormalities in your uterus or ovaries.
Finally, Dr. Olabintan collects your Pap smear.
How do Pap smears work?
During a Pap smear, Dr. Olabintan inserts a device called a speculum into your vagina. It holds the vaginal walls open, so she can see inside your vagina and cervix.
While the speculum is in place, Dr. Olabintan uses a small brush or spatula-like instrument to gently scrape cells from your cervix.
She then sends these cells to the lab to be screened. At the lab, they check for abnormalities that could indicate the presence of sexually transmitted infections or cervical cancer.
Doctors recommend that people with a vagina, vulva, uterus, and/or breasts start schedulingPap smears at the age of 21. During your 20s, you should book Pap smears every three years.
Take care of yourself by keeping up on your reproductive health. Schedule your Pap smear/gynecological exam with Dr. Olabintan today. To book your appointment, reach out to Livingspring Family Medical Center online or over the phone.