If you have been a regular on healthshots. And Pap smears, every three to five years, are the way to go. But they can also be scary. Q1: When and how often should I get my first Pap smear done?
What is a smear test?
How often should you have a smear test?
By Woman and Home TZ. More than 1 million women failed to take up their cervical screening invitations last year, marking a 19 year low in smear test attendance. It's all too easy to allow booking your smear test appointment to slip off your to do list, but it really could save your life - the NHS estimates that its cervical screening programme prevents 4, cases of cervical cancer each year. If you've been ignoring those letters from your GP surgery, it's time to pick up the phone. And there's no better time to do book yours than Cervical Screening Awareness Week this week - so put your fears at ease, and find out exactly what to expect with our handy guide.
A Pap smear is a screening procedure that can detect cervical cancer. This practice, also called a Pap test, can also detect unusual cells, such as those caused by sexually transmitted infections STIs or precancerous conditions. To perform a Pap smear, your doctor will need to collect a sample of cells from the surface of your cervix. The cervix is the opening of your uterus. Your doctor will place your feet in stirrups and use a speculum to widen the opening of your vagina. The speculum helps your doctor see your upper vagina and cervix. That sample is then sent to a lab for analysis.
The Pap smear or Pap test is a test done on your cervix. The cervix is the opening to the uterus or womb. The doctor or nurse uses a swab, a small brush or small wooden stick to get a sample of cells from your cervix. The sample is sent to a lab where it is looked at under a microscope.