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9335 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 913249335 Reseda Blvd
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  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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4.81(5.8k reviews)
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Valley Urgent Care, Northridge - 9335 Reseda Blvd, Northridge
Been having a ringing in my ear for the past 3 days and my Primary provider didn’t have anything available until Monday  found them online was able to complete the check in process online , they weren’t able to help my issue as I was told I need to see an ear specialist.But the care is as great and the wait time was minimal great location lots of parking

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2813 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 900312813 N Broadway
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  • Mon 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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4.4(5 reviews)
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Lincoln Heights Urgent Care - 2813 N Broadway, Los Angeles

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5995 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 913675995 Topanga Canyon Blvd
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  • Mon 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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  • SatClosed
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3.89(37 reviews)
Everyone was very helpful. I booked the appointment the night before for 9 o’clock when they open. I got right in and Dr. Emanuel came in. He was very thorough and answered all my questions and prescribe medication for me. I have been to urgent care a few times before and everyone is always so wonderful. I would recommend urgent care. I have insurance that covers everything. That was not a worry for me! I had booked my appointment the night before online.

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140 E Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832140 E Commonwealth Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.77(260 reviews)
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Sunny Hills Medical Center, Urgent Care & Primary Care Visits - 140 E Commonwealth Ave
The staff was friendly and the doc was great. I would definitely will go back again.

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4036 Grand Ave, Chino, CA 917104036 Grand Ave
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  • Mon10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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  • Thu10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SunClosed
  • Jul 4Closed
4.84(882 reviews)
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Lani City Medical Urgent Care, Chino - 4036 Grand Ave
I have been to Lani City Urgent Care many times and have always been happy with the results especially this time. Nurse practitioner Dilpreet Gill examined and diagnosed me with appendicitis.  She gave me a referral to the ER and within the next few hours I was in surgery getting my appendix removed. So thankful for Urgent Care,

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8891 Central Ave, Montclair, CA 917638891 Central Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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4.48(1.2k reviews)
Above Urgent Care Center - 8891 Central Ave
Pretty prompt service in and out before an hour.

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2900 Townsgate Rd, Westlake Village, CA 913612900 Townsgate Rd
Open until 3:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 3:00 pm
4.78(2.5k reviews)
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Westlake Village Urgent Care - 2900 Townsgate Rd, Westlake Village
Set an evening appointment (same day) for pre-operative testing. Completed forms online. Service was amazing, from front office to tech/nurse to doctor. Highly recommend!

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4451 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 902304451 Sepulveda Blvd
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4.81(343 reviews)
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Endure Urgent Care, Culver City - 4451 Sepulveda Blvd
Couldn’t have been easier. Very positive experience all around

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24329 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 9050524329 Crenshaw Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.33(9 reviews)
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AFC Urgent Care, Torrance - 24329 Crenshaw Blvd
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12212 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 9006612212 Washington Blvd
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  • Mon 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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bluedoor - 12212 Washington Blvd
Scheduling appointment was easy, arrived & seen quickly & staff was very friendly & kind! Great experience!
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14457 Roscoe Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 9140214457 Roscoe Blvd
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4.89(383 reviews)
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Panorama Urgent Care Family Medicine - 14457 Roscoe Blvd, Los Angeles
I was so desperate and my child was very sick.We went to Panorama Urgent Care Family Medicine. The front desk were so polite and caring. The waiting time was reasonable. The medical assistant was very nice , calming and professional, got a history and did the initial evaluation including checking temperature, blood pressure, height and weight and was so nice to my child that made her stop crying. then shortly the doctor came in and was nothing but awesome. She seemed to be very well experienced and knowledgeable. she explained what she thought was going on and the treatment she was considering, follow up plans and etc. She tried to answered to any question we had to her best knowledge and power. I was so amazed by the attention and care we received at that Urgent care and ever since we have been back there with urgent and health matters. They accept a lot of insurances and for people who don't have any or what ever insurance doesn't cover, they have affordable and very reasonable prices and are flexible for payment plans. I recommend this place without any doubts !
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714 N Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90744714 N Avalon Blvd
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  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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4.56(116 reviews)
They have been my primary care doctor for many years now and I highly recommend them.
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7923 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 928417923 Garden Grove Blvd
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  • Mon 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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  • Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Curify Urgent Care  - 7923 Garden Grove Blvd
It was fast, very caring and efficient. Everyone was amazing!
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5825 Kanan Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 913015825 Kanan Rd
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AFC Urgent Care Agoura Hills - 5825 Kanan Rd
We needed to get 6 COVID tests to board our plane. The staff was so friendly & reassured us they could accommodate us. From the time we arrived to when we had our results was under an hour. We will recommend this facility to all our friends.
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About [state[ Pap Smears

A Pap smear is a medical test that is routinely used to check women for cervical cancer. Knowing more about Pap screenings and where to get them can help you avoid or diagnose cervical cancer early on, allowing you to obtain treatment.

Pap smear overview

A Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer in women. According to the National Library of Medicine (NLM), this test entails taking a sample of cervix cells and examining them for cancer indications. Cervical cancer can be prevented or treated by working with your doctor if you have precancerous cells on your cervix. According to the National Library of Medicine, a Pap smear is also known as a Papanicolaou test or Pap smear test.

Pap smear (Pap test): What to expect

A Pap smear is a test that examines the cervix for the presence of cervical cancer and precancerous cells. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common cause of precancers in the cervix, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (HPV).

According to the DHHS, Pap exams are generally advised for women between the ages of 21 and 65. Women should have a Pap smear every three to five years, depending on their age, or as often as their doctors recommend.

A Pap test is normally done at your doctor's office during a pelvic exam or a well-woman exam. Your doctor will normally ask you to remove your clothing from the waist down, lie down on an exam table, and put your feet in stirrups, according to the University of Utah. Your doctor will next take a sample of cells from your cervix with a long cotton swab. According to the University of Utah, your cell sample will be submitted to a lab to be tested for evidence of precancers and cervical cancer.

Who needs a Pap smear?

Most women between the ages of 21 and 65 should get a Pap smear, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. It recommends that even if a woman is not sexually active, has received the HPV vaccine, or has previously gone through menopause, she should still undergo regular Pap screenings.

How often do you need a Pap smear?

The DHHS recommends getting a Pap smear test every three years if you're between the ages of 21 and 29. If you're between the ages of 30 and 65, the DHHS recommends getting a Pap smear every three years or a Pap and HPV co-test every five years.

If you're over 65 and have never been tested, or if you haven't been checked since you turned 60, the DHHS suggests getting a Pap test.

How to prepare for a Pap smear

Tampons, sex, douching, and vaginal creams or birth control foams should all be avoided two to three days before your Pap smear, according to the National Library of Medicine. It's also a good idea to get your Pap smear on a day when you aren't due to have your period. According to the National Library of Medicine, no other preparation is required for a Pap smear aside from these processes.

What happens during a Pap smear?

To begin, your doctor will ask you to strip down to your underwear and lie down on an exam table. Then, according to the University of Utah, your doctor will use a speculum to open the walls of your vaginal canal, giving your doctor a clear view of your cervix.

To take a sample of cells, your doctor will introduce a long swab into your vagina and gently swipe it against your cervix. According to the University of Utah, your cell sample will be transported to a lab where it will be examined and tested for the existence of precancerous cells and cervical cancer.

According to the National Library of Medicine, most women experience little to no discomfort during a Pap smear, while some women may experience pressure and mild discomfort akin to menstruation cramps. It goes on to say that some women may experience spotting or bleeding as a result of the procedure, which is totally normal.

What do the results of a Pap smear mean?

The results of a Pap smear can be normal or abnormal. The NLMl makes a point. When your results are ready, your doctor will contact you to discuss them.

Normal Pap smear

According to the National Library of Medicine, a normal Pap test means that the cells in your cervix were confirmed to be normal and that no symptoms of precancers or cervical cancer were discovered. In most cases, your doctor would advise you to return in three to five years for another routine visit.

Abnormal Pap smear

According to the National Library of Medicine, an abnormal Pap test indicates that abnormalities were found in your cervical cell sample. This does not necessarily imply that you are suffering from cervical cancer. According to the National Library of Medicine, your doctor may recommend additional tests or therapies to prevent your cell abnormalities from progressing to cancer.

How accurate are the results?

According to the National Library of Medicine, the Pap test is not 100 percent accurate, and cervical cancer can be overlooked in a tiny percentage of instances. It's also a good idea to avoid taking this test if you're on your period, as blood might skew the findings.

Does a Pap smear test for HPV?

A Pap smear test does not detect HPV, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. It does, however, look for atypical cervical cells, which could be caused by HPV. If you're 30 or older, the DHHS recommends getting a routine HPV test.

Pap Smear FAQs

  • What is a Pap smear?

    A Pap smear is a cervical cancer screening test that is suggested for women aged 21 to 65. According to the DHHS, it entails examining the cells in your cervix for evidence of precancerous cells and abnormalities.

  • Why do you need a Pap smear?

    According to the Department of Health and Human Services, a Pap smear can help you avoid cervical cancer by detecting it in its early stages, when it can be effectively treated.

  • Who should have a Pap smear?

    If you're a woman between the ages of 21 and 65, the DHHS recommends getting a Pap smear.

  • How often should a Pap smear be repeated?

    If you're between the ages of 21 and 29, you should get a Pap smear test every three years. The DHHS recommends having a Pap test every three years if you are between the ages of 30 and 65, or once every five years if you combine your Pap test with an HPV test.

  • Where can I get a Pap smear in California?

    A Pap smear can be obtained from your doctor as part of a well-woman exam or from an urgent care center that provides this service. To discover a nearby provider, use Solv to find reliable, top-rated providers in your California that offer a Pap smear test.

  • How long do Pap smear results take?

    According to the DHHS, Pap smear results normally arrive in one to three weeks. If you haven't heard from your doctor in three weeks, you should contact his or her office.

  • How do I prepare for a Pap smear?

    According to the National Library of Medicine, a Pap smear test takes very little preparation. The National Library of Medicine recommends that you avoid using tampons, douche products, vaginal lotions, or birth control foams two to three days before your Pap test. It also suggests that you avoid having sex during this time and reschedule your appointment if you are on your period.

  • Does a Pap smear test for HPV?

    A Pap smear does not test for HPV, according to the National Library of Medicine. You can, however, get your Pap smear and an HPV test done at the same time every five years. Based on your age and screening history, talk to your doctor about when you should get an HPV test.

  • When should I get a Pap smear in California?

    According to the Department of Health and Human Services, you should have a Pap smear every three years after turning 21 or every five years after turning 30 if you want to combine your Pap screening with an HPV test.

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