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Importance of the Pap Smear

According to everydayhealth.com, a yearly pap smear is one of the most important ways to detect and prevent abnormalities from turning into cancer in the cervix. This form of preventive care is vital to maintaining your health over time. Scheduling your Pap Smear is a productive way to take hold of your health and prevent later health issues. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

What problems can a Pap Smear detect?

Pap Smears are designed to detect cervical dysplasia, or precancerous changes in the cervix.

How often should you have a Pap Smear?

Current Gynecologists recommend that women should have a Pap Smear every two years starting at age 21. After age 30, you may potentially decrease the frequency to every three years.

What if you have an abnormal Pap Smear?

An abnormal Pap smear means abnormal cells have been identified on your cervix. Your doctor may recommend repeating the test in four to six months or they may choose to perform a colposcopy to get a better look and take tissue samples to biopsy.

How should you prepare for your Pap Smear?

Gynecologists recommends you avoid douching or engaging in sexual intercourse for two to three days prior to having a Pap smear to get more accurate results.

What happens during a Pap Smear?

Pap Smears are basically painless and usually performed during your regular pelvic exam. The doctor will swab your cervix with a brush or cotton swab to collect cells from its surface, and then send the cells off for analysis to see if there are any abnormal cells present.

Fighting PMS with Nutrition

Your cramps are raging. You are a productive, busy women who can’t sit around taking over the counter pain medicine and wearing a hot pad all week. You need an alternative way to keep your PMS under control. Try: healthy foods! Here are a few tips on how to eat right during that time ofContinue Reading

Stopping Your Heavy Periods

Many women suffer every month with heavy or long periods.  Some women have had long or heavy periods for as far back as they can remember, while other women had regular clockwork periods without any problems for decades but over time they became increasingly heavy or prolonged.  Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding is one ofContinue Reading

Now Offering In-Office GYN Procedures

Wake Women’s Health is excited to announce that we now offer in-office gynecological procedures for our patients. Our procedures treat a wide range of conditions, are minimally invasive, and a majority of them can be performed with full anesthesia. In-Office Procedures Offered (with or without anesthesia) Diagnostic hysteroscopy Operative hysteroscopy Endometrial ablation Biopsies Exam underContinue Reading

Dr. Kurzmann is Retiring

After many years of serving the women of the Raleigh area, Dr. Richard Kurzmann will be retiring effective April 14th, 2016. Dr. Kurzmann will be missed by both his patients and staff. We would like to invite his patients to transfer their care to one of our other three wonderful GYN physicians at Wake Women’sContinue Reading

What is Zika Virus?

Over the past several months, there has been news stories buzzing about the emerging epidemic, Zika virus. Cases of the illness have been widespread throughout countries in Latin America and South America, with a one confirmed case in the U.S. on February 2, 2016. What is Zika Virus? Zika virus is a mosquito-borne disease, whichContinue Reading

New Provider Coming Soon!

Wake Women’s Health is excited to announce that Dr. Marianna G. Law and Dr. Prashanti Aryal will be joining our practice! Dr. Law and Dr. Aryal are board certified through the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Both physicians treat women with all gynecology conditions, including routine wellness visits. They will perform procedures in office and surgeries atContinue Reading

The Nightmare of Medication Prior Authorizations

With the start of the New Year many insurance plans may have changed some of your health plan benefits, policy number, group number or prescription plan benefits. You may have received a notice, new cards or even a formulary from your insurance company. If you are like my spouse, you may have thought that theContinue Reading

Dr. Radford Retires

Dear Patients: After many years of serving the women of the Raleigh area, Dr. Wanda Radford will be retiring effective January 30, 2015. Dr. Radford will be missed by both patients and staff. The physicians of Wake Internal Medicine and its divisions, including Wake Women’s Health, continue to be dedicated to providing our patients with theContinue Reading

Dr. Rildia Pritchett Retired

After many years of serving the women of the Raleigh area, Dr. Rildia Pritchett retired April 17, 2014. Dr. Rildia Pritchett will be missed by both patients and staff. The physicians of Wake Internal Medicine and its divisions, including Wake Women’s Health, continue to be dedicated to providing our patients with the best medical care.Continue Reading

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