What is a pap smear?
A pap smear is a simple and easy test used to check for changes in cells of the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer. A sample of cells is taken from the surface of the cervix before being smeared on to a glass slide for analysis.
Abnormal pap smear result
Pap smear abnormalities occur when some of the cells in the cervix differ to normal cells. This only occurs in around 1 in ten 10 Pap smears, and only rarely does this mean cervical cancer is evident. Low grade abnormalities may include mild infections such as thrush or HPV. High grade abnormalities can result from severe changes to the surface layers of the cervix, and if left untreated, may result in a greater chance of developing cervical cancer.
Dr Wallman is highly experienced in conducting pap smears, whilst treating any pap smear abnormalities such as infection or inflammation. Once Dr Wallman has diagnosed the particular abnormality he can work with you to tailor a treatment plan that suits you.
Is there medication available to treat HPV?
There is no medication to treat HPV, this is because it’s a virus that lives inside your cells it makes it very difficult to develop medicines that would kill the virus without destroying the cells of your cervix. To treat HPV, we simply remove the abnormal cells, thus removing the infection along with them.
Does HPV cause cancers and diseases?
Yes, HPV is a virus that can cause certain cancers and diseases. For females, certain types of HPV can cause cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancer and genital warts.
Who should get an HPV vaccine?
All girls and boys who are 11 or 12 years old should get the recommended series of HPV vaccine. The vaccination series can be started at age 9 years. Teen boys and girls who did not get vaccinated when they were younger should get it now.
If you would like to learn more about the process involved in conducting a Pap Smear, please contact Dr Wallman today.