FCHC offers patients with professional, compassionate gynecological services.
Well Woman Exam or other vaginal exams
Pap smear (cervical smear, or smear test) is a method of cervical screening used to detect potentially pre-cancerous and cancerous processes in the cervix. The test may show abnormal results when a woman is healthy or normal results in a woman with cervical abnormalities — some 25% of the time. It may even miss up to 5% of cervical cancers.
BEFORE exam to help ensure reliable results:
- AVOID sexual intercourse the day before the test
- AVOID douches 48 hours before the test
- KNOW the following: (these topics are relevant to the interpretation of the Pap test, especially if any abnormalities are detected)
- date and results of your last Pap Smear test
- history of abnormal Pap Smear tests
- date of last menstrual period and any irregularity
- use of hormones and birth control
- family history of gynecologic disorders
- any vaginal symptoms
- EMPTY BLADDER right before the Pap Smear test to avoid discomfort during the procedure.
- harmless cervical bleeding is possible immediately after the test
- some women may need to use a sanitary napkin
- comply with the Clinician’s instructions for follow-up visits and any needed retests
Want to learn more? Check our Women’s Health Resources page
Treatment of Abnormal Pap Smear Results
- Avoid sexual intercourse the day before the procedure
- Avoid douches 48 hours before the procedure
- Avoid vaginal creams or medications 1 week before the procedure
If you’re NOT having anesthesia you will be AWAKE – you can:
- Eat lightly 1 hour prior to your appointment
- Take Tylenol or Motrin 30 minutes prior to your appointment time.
If you’re HAVING anesthesia you will be ASLEEP – you must:
- NOT eat, drink, chew gum (nothing by mouth) 6 hours prior to your appointment. Be sure to drink water before you begin to fast.
- Please bring someone with you to drive you home…you cannot drive yourself home.
- Plan to be at the center at least 1 hour. You will have a 15 minute recover time in the patient lounge.
- Harmless cervical bleeding and some discomfort is possible immediately after the procedure
- Some women may need to use a sanitary napkin
- Comply with the Clinician’s instructions for follow-up visits and any needed re-tests
- You will be given Aftercare Instructions that includes no sexual activity for at least 1 week
Preparation for IUD insertion
- Appointments for IUD’s should be scheduled between day 5 and 9 of your cycle. (count the beginning of your cycle from the first day of your menstrual bleeding).
- Plan to be at the center for 1 to 1 1/2 hours
- Avoid sexual intercourse the day before insertion
- Avoid douches 48 hours before the insertion
- Avoid vaginal creams or medications one week before the test
- Eat lightly prior to your appointment
- Take Tylenol or Motrin 30 minutes prior to your appointment time
- Harmless spotting or bleeding and light cramping is possible immediately after; some women may need to use a sanitary napkin.
- You should also be sure to comply with the Clinician’s instructions for follow-up visits.
- Sexual Activity should be discontinued for 3 days.