What is the cost of a Pap smear test?
In less than a minute and for just Rs 2, women can now get tested for cervical lesions. A study has found VIA-visual inspection with acetic acid-to be a cost-effective screening method for cervical cancer. The accuracy of this test is comparable with the regular pap smear which is lab-based and costs nearly Rs 1,000.
Can a GP do a Pap smear?
All gynaecologists and most general practitioners (GPs) and clinics do Pap Smears. You may feel more comfortable with a female doctor, and that’s perfectly fine, too!
Where can Pap smear be done?
It tests for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on your cervix. The cervix is the opening of the uterus. During the routine procedure, cells from your cervix are gently scraped away and examined for abnormal growth. The procedure is done at your doctor’s office.
Do I really need a Pap smear?
Women should start Pap smear screening at age 21. Between the ages of 21-29, women whose Pap smears are normal only need it repeated every three years. Women ages 30 and over should have testing for the human papillomavirus (HPV) with their Pap smear. HPV is the cause of cervical cancer.
How painful is a Pap smear?
Pap smears shouldn’t hurt. If you’re getting your first Pap, it may feel a little uncomfortable because it’s a new sensation that your body isn’t yet used to. People often say it feels like a small pinch, but everyone has a different threshold for pain.
Do Pap smears hurt if you’re a virgin?
The pelvic examination will not hurt. Many women describe the experience as a sensation of crowding or fullness in the vagina; however, there should be no pain. Sometimes a woman will feel discomfort, especially if she is tense.
Who needs a Pap smear?
The Pap test looks for cells that are not normal and can cause cancer of the cervix. This is also called cervical cancer. Most women ages 21 to 65 need regular Pap tests. But teenage girls and older women usually don’t need them.