Pap Smears Specialist

For Women, Ltd.

Javier E. Fajardo, MD, FACOG

OBGYN located in Streeterville, Chicago, IL

If you are sexually active or have ever been sexually active, it’s important to receive expert gynecological care. Regular check-ups often include a Pap smear which can detect abnormal cells that could lead to cervical cancer, and can treat any sexually transmitted infections you might contract. Javier E. Fajardo, MD, FACOG with For Women, Ltd. in Chicago provides individualized gynecological care based on your needs. Call or book an appointment online today to monitor your gynecological health.

Pap Smears Q&A

What is a Pap smear?

A Pap smear is a routine test for cervical cancer; it shows if there are any abnormal cells on your cervix. Dr. Fajardo takes a sample of a few cells and sends it to a lab.

Why is a Pap smear important?

Pap smears detect pre-cancerous cells and cancer of the cervix. Early treatment can be lifesaving. You should get a Pap smear every three years, or more if cervical cancer runs in your family.

A recent study indicates that the majority of women who have cervical cancer hadn’t received a Pap smear in five years.

What is genital herpes?

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by one of two similar viruses: HSV-1 or HSV-2. You can get genital herpes by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with a person who has it.

Why is testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) important?

If you’re sexually active and if you’ve had different partners, you should receive STD screening. Left untreated, STDs can cause serious health complications; some can cause infertility in both men and women, among other conditions. For Women, Ltd. provides complete testing for STDs if needed:

  • Chlamydia and gonorrhea: swabs inside the cervix for women and inside the penis for men
  • Syphilis and genital herpes: a blood test or a swab for genital sores
  • HIV or hepatitis: blood test
  • HPV, or human papillomavirus: swabs of genital sores on men or a cervical swab in women

What is genital herpes?

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by one of two similar viruses: HSV-1 or HSV-2. You can get genital herpes by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with a person who has it.

What is vaginal discharge?

Vaginal discharge can be normal, or it can indicate an infection.

If you notice yellow or green discharge in your underwear accompanied by an unpleasant odor, you may have an infection. If you see a white, chunky substance accompanied by itching, you likely have a common yeast infection that's treatable with an over-the-counter medication or a prescription pill.

What is a urinary tract infection?

From the time you were a young girl, you were told to wipe yourself from front to back after going to the bathroom. That’s to avoid any bacteria from your rectum coming into contact with your vagina or your urethra.

If you do get bacteria in the area of the urethra, you can get a urinary tract infection (UTI). It’s a prevalent ailment among women, in which you may experience a burning sensation when you pass urine. Dr. Fajardo prescribes an antibiotic to treat UTIs.


Call or book an appointment online with Dr. Fajardo today for expert, personalized gynecological care.