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Changes To Pap Smear Screening Guidelines

Dec. 20, 2017 8:58 am

If you're like most women who dread having to get a Pap smear done at your yearly wellness check, you're in luck! Changes in the Pap smear screening guidelines now advise against annual Pap smears for the majority of women. We sat down with Dr. Valary Gass at Women's Care of Wisconsin to discuss what guidelines have changed so you know what to expect at your next gynecologist visit.

First, Let's Talk About What A Pap Smear Is

Even though Pap smears are no longer a yearly requirement, they're still important! Pap smears are
used to screen for cervical cancer in women. The test itself is used to collect cells from your cervix
and it helps your gynecologist screen for changes in your cervical cells that indicate cancer may
develop in the future. Cervical cancer is a particularly aggressive disease, so catching it early on
through Pap smear screening is crucial!

How Often Do You Actually Need To Have A Pap Smear Done?

All of the recent changes to the Pap smear screening guidelines have caused a lot of confusion
about when women should be screened, but the real answer is that it depends on the age, health,
and family history of each woman.

"The new guidelines state that women should start screening at the age of 21," Dr. Gass says,
but most women don't need to be screened every year.

"Women over the age of 21 should have a Pap smear done every 3 years," Dr. Gass explains.
"At age 30, women can continue getting a Pap smear every 3 years or they can choose to get a
Pap smear with HPV co-testing every 5 years."

For women who cringe at the thought of getting their next Pap smear done, these new guidelines
are great, but it's important to remember that your health and family history are also factors when
it comes to determining how often you should be screened.

If you have had an abnormal Pap smear in the past, have a history of cervical cancer, are HIV+,
have a weakened immune system, or if you were exposed to diethylstibestrol (a synthetic form of
estrogen) in utero, you may need to be screened more frequently.

Dr. Gass also points out that women should not stop screening unless advised by their doctor.

"If you have questions about when you should be screened, how often you should be screened or
when you should stop screening, please have a frank conversation with your doctor," Dr. Gass

Keep Seeing Your Gynecologist Annually -- Even If You Don't Need A Pap Smear

Just because you get to skip your Pap smear this year doesn't mean you should skip your annual
wellness check too! For many women, their gynecologist is the only doctor they see each year.
Your annual wellness check is an opportunity to go over more than just your cervical cells -- plus,
it's covered by the Affordable Care Act! So do your body a favor and don't skip your annual
appointment completely.

Schedule An Appointment

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our providers at Women's Care, you can
call us at 920-729-7105 or click here.

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Myth #5: Midwives Only Work With Women Who Are Pregnant.

Sep. 29, 2017 1:04 pm

Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today's modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women's Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we've teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!

Becky Kahler and Kay Weina have nearly 30 years of combined experience as certified nurse midwives and are passionate about the work they do.

Over the next few months, Becky and Kay will help us break down different myths, so stay tuned as we address some of the most common questions surrounding midwifery!

Myth #5: Midwives only work with women who are pregnant.

"We see patients from the early age of 12 all the way up to menopause," Becky says.

While many people think of midwifery as a practice solely focused on pregnancy and childbirth, midwifery actually encompasses a full range of primary health care services.

"Preventative care is also a part of what we do. We discuss birth control, abstinence, STD education. We do IUD insertions...." Becky continues.

The services midwives offer also include primary care, gynecologic and family planning services, preconception care and postpartum care.

Stay Tuned

Becky and Kay will be joining us for one last blog post, so stay tuned!

If you're interested in seeing one of our certified nurse midwives, you can schedule your first appointment by calling 920.729.7105 or by clicking here.

You can also learn more about each of our certified nurse midwives and healthcare providers here.

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