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Pap Smear

Overview

  • A Pap Smear or Pap Test is a vaginal exam that screens for cervical cancer. This is done by taking a swab to collect cervical cells to be examined for abnormal growth and other indications of precancerous /cancerous cells. It’s a simple procedure that takes approximately 5 minutes.

Pre Procedure

  • You must abstain from sex, avoid, douching, or using any vaginal medicines or spermicidal foams, creams or jellies for two days before having a Pap Smear, as these may wash away or obscure abnormal cells.

  • Try not to schedule a Pap Smear during your menstrual period. It's best to avoid this time of your cycle, if possible.

During the Procedure

  • The procedure just takes 5 minutes and is absolutely painless.

  • You will be given a gown to change into.

  • You will be required to lie down on your back on an exam table with your knees bent. 

  • Doctor will gently insert an instrument called a speculum into your vagina. 

  • The speculum holds the walls of your vagina apart so that your doctor can easily see your cervix. Inserting the speculum may cause a sensation of pressure in your pelvic area.

  • Then your doctor will take samples of your cervical cells using a soft brush and a flat scraping device called a spatula. 

  • Your doctor transfers the cell sample collected from your cervix into a container or onto a glass slide.

Post Procedure

  • You can resume normal activities, post-Pap Smear.

  • Reports will be available after 3 days. You will need to meet your Gynaecologist for reviewing the Pap Smear report.

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