Pap smear test is a screening test which can prevent and detect early cervical cancer which means that it is really likely to treat the disease.
Pap test is a method of collecting cervical cells (cervix is the lower part of the womb that contacts the upper vagina).
It is essential Pap test performed regularly in order to detect abnormalities of cervical cells which can be transformed into cancer cells (precancerous lesions).
HPV infection is the main cause of cervical cancer. The Pap test is used to find HPV lesions.
When to get screened?
In general, it is recommended a woman begin Pap testing at the age of 21 or earlier if she is sexually active.
How often do I need to get a Pap test?
Pap testing should be repeated every year for women ages 21 - 65.
If there are risk factors (such as immunodeficiency disorders) or the previous Pap test was abnormal, it should be performed more frequently.
How do I prepare for test Pap?
Avoid sex, vaginal medicines or douches for 24 hours before a test Pap.
Try to avoid Pap testing during your period.
How is test Pap done?
Test Pap is performed in a private room in the office and take only a few minutes.
Pap test should be done as part of a pelvic exam. A speculum is inserted into the vagina which may cause a feeling of pressure.
Then, a special little brush is used to collect cervical cells. It is a really painless procedure and of course after your test you can return to normal activity without restrictions.
The sample of cells is collected into a container holding a fixative liquid (thin prep) or onto a glass side (conventional test Pap).
How do I decide which option is better for me?
Contact to Dr. Marinakis. Learn more about examination and prevention packages: full gynecological examination and test Pap.