Posts for: May, 2019
Do you need a pap test? A pap test, also called pap smear, is a test done during an office visit that can help find early signs of cervical cancer. A pap smear can find changes in the cells of the cervix. These changes are usually treated with simple office procedures. Because of the pap test, many fewer women now die from cervical cancer every year. Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta are some of the top OBGYNs in Bayonne and Ridgewood, NJ. They offer a complete range of women's health services to his patients. Read on to find out when you should start having pap tests.
When you should have a pap test
Pap smears look for abnormal cells in the cervix, which can lead to cancer. These cells don’t often show up in younger women, so there’s no need to get a pap smear when you’re under 21, unless you've been sexually active for three years or more. It's recommended that women start getting pap smears at age 21. Once you turn 21, you should have a pap smear every three years. Your doctor might tell you to have pap smears more often depending on your personal health and history.
What happens during a Pap smear
When you have a Pap smear, you’ll be asked to lie back on a table with your knees up. You’ll place your feet in stirrups located on each side of the table. Your healthcare will place a plastic or metal speculum in your vagina to hold it open. Your doctor will then use a swab to scrape off some of the cells and mucus on your cervix. Your doctor will send your samples to a laboratory for evaluation under a microscope.
How to prepare for a pap test
To ensure that your pap smear is most effective, avoid douching, intercourse, and using any vaginal medicines or spermicidal foams, powders, jellies, or creams for two days before having the test done. Try not to schedule a pap test during your menstrual period. Don’t have a Pap smear if you're being treated for a vaginal or cervical infection. Wait at least two weeks after treatment has ended before having a pap smear. Empty your bladder before the pap smear.
What your pap test result means
Your OBGYN will receive the results of your pap test in a few days. A negative result is a good thing. That means your OBGYN didn’t find any strange-looking cells on your cervix. If your pap test results come back positive, it doesn't mean you have cancer. You could have inflammation. Or, you might have minor cell changes. These usually clear up on their own, so your OBGYN may take a “wait and see” approach. If the abnormal cells haven’t cleared up in a few months, your doctor may order more tests.
Your health matters! You should make your health a priority. Call Dr. Eric Bentolila or Dr. Jacqueline Saitta at (201) 447-1700 right now to schedule an appointment for a pap smear in Ridgewood, NJ, and (201) 447-0467 for our office in Bayonne, NJ. We want you to live the best life possible. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care in our office.
Find out what you need to know before choosing the right birth control method for you.
Whether this is the first time taking birth control or you’ve tried other methods in the past, there are several factors involved in determining the right birth control option for you. Our Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYNs Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta want every woman to understand their options so they can make the best decisions about their health. Here are some of the top questions about birth control.
How does birth control work?
Hormonal birth control methods prevent ovulation, making it impossible for the egg to attach to the uterus in order to fertilize. While there are many methods of birth control, the pill is still the most popular contraceptive method. The pill, as well as other hormonal methods, release estrogen and progestin to stop the egg from fertilizing. The pill also thickens the lining of the uterus to make it more difficult for the sperm to get to the egg.
What are the different types of birth control?
Birth control pills alone offer many different types. You may choose from combination pills that offer both estrogen and progestin or progestin-only pills. Women who are sensitive to estrogen may choose to take progestin-only pills (also known as mini-pills).
Other birth control methods include:
- The vaginal ring
- Dermal patch
- Intrauterine device (IUD)
- Subdermal implant
- Fertility awareness
What are some common side effects of hormonal birth control?
The most common side effects associated with hormonal contraception include:
- Breast tenderness
- Weight gain
- Mood changes
- Decreased libido
- Vaginal discharge
If any of these side effects are affecting your quality of life it’s important that you talk to your gynecologist right away, who may be able to recommend a better birth control option for your needs.
Which method of birth control is right for me?
Since there are a lot of factors to consider that can help you determine the best birth control method for you it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your Ridgewood, NJ, gynecologist to discuss the best options for your health and lifestyle.
For example, women who don’t want to get pregnant for several years may choose to get an IUD. Some women who may be less likely to remember to take a pill every day at the same time may opt for the implant, patch or vaginal ring.
Are you interested in sitting down with our OBGYNs in Ridgewood, NJ, to discuss the right form of birth control for you? If so, give our office a call. We would be happy to schedule an appointment for you.