For many women, the thought of a traditional Pap smear, especially if experiencing pelvic pain or conditions like Vulvodynia, can be daunting. At DiscovHER Health, we recognize the importance of cervical cancer screenings while understanding the discomfort it might cause for some. Learn more about a more gentle pap smear in Alexandria, Virginia.
The pap smear should not hurt. Our clinic offers empowering alternatives to traditional Pap smears for women experiencing pelvic pain. One such method is the Blind Pap Test, a technique that obtains a sample without visual inspection of the cervix. This is approach minimizes discomfort, is a more gentle pap smear and empowers women who may not tolerate a speculum during screenings. Pain should not prevent you from getting necessary cervical cancer screening.
Additionally, our providers prioritize your comfort by offering topical anesthetic in some cases to manage any discomfort during the procedure. We understand the significance of creating a comfortable and supportive environment during these screenings.
During the exam, our providers emphasize diaphragmatic breathing techniques to help ease any discomfort and enhance relaxation. Our team is trained to prioritize your comfort and actively encourages active consent throughout the procedure. Remember, you are in control and have the right to stop the exam at any time you feel uncomfortable.
It’s important to note that while the Blind Pap Test demonstrates an ability to obtain adequate samples, there might be variations in the components reported compared to traditional Pap tests. A study demonstrated that fewer cells from the internal cervix are obtained during blind pap. However, your comfort and empowerment during the screening process are our primary goals.
Don’t let discomfort prevent you from prioritizing your health. Reach out to us at DiscovHER Health in Alexandria, Virginia, to learn more about empowering alternatives to traditional Pap smears tailored to your comfort and well-being.
Jenna Perkins is a board certified Women’s Health and Gender Related Nurse Practitioner with extensive knowledge and experience in Urogynecology, Pelvic Pain, Sexual Health, and complex Gynecology. She is founder of DiscovHER Health, Northern Virginia’s premier destination for women’s healthcare and expertly curated products.
We are located in Alexandria, Virginia and serve patients from all over the Mid-Atlantic including Washington DC, Alexandria, Baltimore, and Chevy Chase, Maryland.