A pap smear is a cervical cancer screen. This type of test is an effective way to identify precancerous or cancerous cells in the cervix even before the patient notices any symptoms. A pap smear is a quick and simple test that is an important part of overall women's health. Pap smears are generally done every 3 years for most women in the 21 to 65 age range if previous smears have been normal and co-testing for HPV is negative.
Patients who have a yeast infection will typically have symptoms like itchiness, swelling, and redness in the vaginal area. The doctor will gather information about medical history and symptoms, and will then do a pelvic exam. This exam will allow the doctor to look for yeast infection signs in the external genitalia and vaginal walls. Samples may be taken to look at under the microscope or send to the lab for analysis.
There are many options in birth control today, and the doctor will work with each patient to determine what is most effective for them. The Intra-Uterine Device (IUD) is highly effective, having about a 99 percent success rate. IUDs are a popular choice today because they require only initial implantation at the doctor, allowing patients to put birth control worries out of their minds. At this time, we would refer you to a GYN specialist for this service. The Nexplanon implant is effective for 3 years and can be implanted by our staff. The contraceptive shot is another long-term birth control option, although it must be repeated about every 3 months while an IUD lasts for 5 to 10 years. Birth control pills are very effective if used as directed. They can be around 99.7 percent effective, but patients must take every pill on schedule with no skipped doses. The birth control patch has a similar success rate, but like the birth control pill, it must be used precisely as directed.
While there is a number of over the counter pregnancy test options, a blood test at the doctor's office is the most effective way to verify pregnancy. A blood test can find even tiny amounts of hCG as early as a week to 12 days after conception.
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