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    Falls Church, VA 22046
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  • Falls Church Healthcare Center in Virginia

    A women's center serving the families of our Virginia community.

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Gynecological Services

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.

AFTER exam

  • 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

Treatment Options

  • Colposcopy
  • Cryosurgery
  • Laser
  • LEEP

BEFORE Treatment

  • 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.

AFTER treatment

  • 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

BEFORE appointment

  • 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

AFTER appointment

  • 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.

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