Paps and Cervical Screening

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What is a Pap Test?

The Pap test, scientifically known as a Papanicolaou test, is the current standard of care in women's health screenings in British Columbia.

Dr. Elena brings a unique expertise to this essential examination, having served as a gynecological model during her medical training. This hands-on experience allows her to perform the Pap test with a refined technique, minimizing discomfort for patients while ensuring the smooth execution of the procedure.

This non-invasive process involves collecting cells from the cervix to identify abnormalities, including precancerous and cancerous cells. Recommended every three years for individuals aged 25 to 69, the Pap test plays a pivotal role in the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer.

Dr. Elena recognizes the sensitive nature of gynecological examinations and is dedicated to providing consent first and informed care. This commitment to understanding and addressing potential trauma ensures that every patient feels respected and supported during the process.

BC Cancer mails all results to both patient and practitioner.  

Please Note: Pap Smear and Cervical Screening Appointments are $140 and there is No Additional Lab Fee

HPV Cervical Screening - New Guidelines in BC

HPV cervical screening is a proactive step towards the early detection of Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a group of viruses associated with cervical cancer. This screening method identifies high-risk strains that may lead to cellular abnormalities, ultimately preventing the progression to cancer.

British Columbia's new guidelines emphasizes the effectiveness of HPV cervical screening in detecting high-risk genotypes of HPV (hrHPV). This virus, if left untreated, can cause abnormal cells on the cervix over time. Notably, this screening method surpasses cytology in identifying individuals at risk of developing pre-cancerous cervical lesions. Due to its higher accuracy and negative predictive value, the interval between negative HPV screens can be safely extended to 5 years compared to 3 years for Pap tests.

For patients aged 25 to 69 who are due and eligible for cervix screening, the option to collect their own sample vaginally (cervix self-screening) is available. Studies affirm that self-collected samples are just as accurate as those collected by healthcare providers. Cervix self-screening utilizes HPV testing to identify hr-HPV and serves as an alternative to a provider-collected sample.

While awaiting home screening options, we are delighted to offer an in-office HPV Cervical Screening at Oak Clinic, ensuring accessibility and convenience for our patients. This empowers individuals to take charge of their cervical health and contributes to early detection, aligning with our commitment to comprehensive and patient-centric care.

For more information about British Columbia Cancer Screening Guidelines See: Transitioning to HPV Primary Screening

Please Note: That these Tests have Additional Fees, Set by the Laboratory.

Optional Addition of Urogenital/Vaginal Swabs

In addition to standard Pap/HPV testing, Oak Clinic offers supplemental screenings that can detect and assess various conditions, aiding in timely treatment decisions. These tests, conducted in collaboration with Life Labs, come with preset fees.

Chlamydia & GC, Urogenital Swab: This targeted test is particularly relevant for individuals experiencing symptoms such as unusual discharge, pain during urination, or discomfort in the genital area. Focused on the urogenital region, it identifies the presence of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea—common sexually transmitted infections that may require prompt attention.

Initial Vaginal Swab: Comprehensive screening is crucial when facing symptoms like persistent itching, unusual odor, or changes in vaginal discharge. This swab assesses Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) and Yeast, providing essential insights to maintain optimal vaginal health.

Chronic Vaginal Swab: Recommended for those experiencing chronic or recurrent symptoms, including discomfort, recurrent infections, or unusual discharge, this thorough examination covers Bacterial Vaginosis, Yeast, Bacterial Culture, and Trichomonas. It offers a comprehensive approach to women's well-being.

Dr. Elena prioritizes open communication and patient education. During your appointment, she will discuss the pros and cons of additional testing, ensuring you are well-informed and empowered in your healthcare decisions.

Life Labs offers an online portal to view additional swab results. In the event of a positive result, follow-up consultations are available for an additional fee. Expect a minimum of 30 minutes, with a full initial consultation being ideal for a more comprehensive discussion.

You have the flexibility to book follow-up consultations with Dr. Elena or an MD, providing you with options for continued guidance and care based on your specific needs.

Please Note: That these Tests have Additional Fees, Set by the Laboratory.

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