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Pap Smear Test FAQ

What is Pap smear (Pap test)?

It is a simple proceudre, It is a gynecological investigation used to screen for cancer of the cervix(cervical cancer). The cervix is the bottom part of the uterus where it meets the vagina. 

 

For the doctor to do this, a device called “speculum” (looks like a duck beak) is used to push the vaginal walls apart to visualise the cervix. A brush is used to lightly scrape cells (cervical cells) from the cervix and then the cells are looked under a microscope at a laboratory.

 

Pap Smear Test Speculum

 

When should I start having Pap tests?

For women who are 21 years old or above is recommended. The recommendation differs for women having symptoms, prior abnormal screening results or immunocompromised.

For women 30 years old or above, your doctor might recommend Human papailloma virus (HPV) test as well, it is done in the same way and at the same time as the Pap smear.

 

How often do I need to be screened?

Generally, at least every three years. Recommendation varies from country to country (due to different guidelines).

 

Do I need Pap test if I had the HPV?

Yes. HPV causes cervical cancer. HPV vaccination protects you from several high-risk HPV infections but not all.

 

What do I need to prepare for the test?

You do not need to prepare anything for a Pap test. Usually it is not done when you are heavily menstruating.  Light bleeding and recent sexual activity do not affect the result.

 

Special offer for August:

Pap smear test is available at our clinic at $950 (all inclusive). Package includes:

  • Consultation
  • Pap smear test
  • Procedure fee

 

For further enquiry or appointment, please contact us.