Pap Smear Test
The Pap smear is a cervical cancer screening test. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Sometimes, as a result of an HPV infection, the virus enters the cervix through sexual contact, and changes in the cervix’s cells begin to occur, which may lead to cervical cancer. For a Pap Smear test in Vadodara, Call now at 72279 82345 Or visit Sankalp Hospital at Vasna Raod.
Why is it done?
If cervical cancer is detected early, the chances of recovery increase. A Pap test may be performed in an outpatient procedure. This may significantly reduce mortality (or death rate) due to cervical cancer.
How is the Pap smear test performed?
- A gynecologist generally performs the test. The woman is asked to lie on the examination table with legs spread apart.
- To expand and see the cervix, the doctor will put a speculum into the vagina. The cervix is then scraped and the cervical cells are collected using a plastic spatula and brush. The sample is then sent to a laboratory for analysis.
- Although the procedure is not painful, it may cause some discomfort.
How frequently should a Pap smear be performed?
- Under the age of 21 – If you are under the age of 21, you do not require a Pap smear.
- Between the ages of 21 and 29 — If you are between the ages of 21 and 29, you should get a Pap test every three years.
- Between the ages of 30 and 65 – If you are between the ages of 30 and 65, you should obtain a Pap smear every three years, an HPV test every five years, or a combination HPV and Pap test every five years.
- Above the age of 65 – If you are above the age of 65, you may no longer need Pap smear exams. You should talk to your doctor about it.
What do the results indicate?
- A Pap smear test result might be normal or abnormal.
- A normal result implies that there were no abnormal cells in the cervix.
- It can also be called a negative result. If the test results are abnormal, it does not always imply that you have cancer. It may also be indicative of the existence of precancerous cells.
Depending on your findings, your doctor may advise you to get Pap smears more often. A colposcopy technique, which uses magnification and light to examine your cervical and vaginal tissues, may also be indicated. A biopsy may be conducted, in which a sample of cervical tissue is taken for examination.
For more information & consultation on Pap Smear Test in Vadodara, visit Sankalp Hospital at Vasna Road or contact us on 72279 82345