Women’s Health Screenings
The chart lists recommended screenings and immunizations for women at average risk for most diseases. These are guidelines only. Your healthcare provider will personalize the timing of each test and immunization to best meet your healthcare needs.
Pap Smear Results & What They Mean
Pap smear test looks at cells taken from the cervix. The cervix is made up of layers of cells that slowly change as they grow. Mature cells form a protective covering on the surface of the cervix. During a Pap test, samples of these surface cells are taken for study. It takes about two weeks for the Pap smear test results to be completed. A nurse will contact you with the results and any recommendations from your provider. Written information may also be mailed to you.
Human Papillomavirus is a very common virus that occurs in both women and men. It is passed from person to person through vaginal, oral, and anal sexual contact. More than 100 types of HPV have been identified, and about 30 of these affect the genital areas of both men and women. Most of these HPV infections go away on their own without any treatment or lasting health effects thanks to the body’s immune system. However, some HPV viruses do not go away but may lead to more serious health conditions. Some of these “low-risk” types may cause genital warts. Other types, called “high-risk” HPV, may cause cell changes that could lead to cervical cancer if not detected and treated early. The test that you had done detects the high-risk types of HPV.