SCREENING TO AVOID POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
A pap smear is a simple test performed by a gynecologist to test for
any cervical changes. It tests for cancer and other malignancies such as reproductive problems
A pap smear is given by gently swabbing the cervical area. This removes cells from the surface of the cervix that can be analyzed by a doctor to test to see if any problems exist,
There are a number of screenings that women in their twenties should have done. Among them is a pap smear, this screening starts around the ages of twenty or twenty-one and continues until the age of twenty-five.
This test is done to determine if they have any sexual transmitted diseases as well. This test is an on going test even if the woman has no symptoms at all. Normally given only once a year, this is to protect future fertility.
WHAT’S THE COST OF A PAP SMEAR
pap smears are 100% covered for women that have insurance. Perhaps the patient has no coverage or are financially unable to pay, in those cases’ pap smears are provided free. You can contact a local health center to answer any questions that may concern you.
IS TAKING A PAP SMEAR A LONG PROCESS?
No absolutely not, a pap smear only takes a very few minutes to perform. It is done to make sure that there are no cancerous tissues present on the woman’ cervix. Getting the results from the test can take up to two months.
IS IT CRITICAL THAT I GET TESTED?
All girls should have Pap examination, and is more critical before the young woman has become sexually active. All women should without a doubt have this screening. If no problems are present the patient should set up an appointment to be seen by her doctor at least once annually. If the test show a possible problem, the issue can be treated at home or by a qualified care giver.
DOES A PAP SMEAR HURT?
The truth is a pap smear doesn’t really hurt at all when you get one. There isn’t really any pain associated with getting one just the awkwardness of you legs being in two metal stirrups with someone looking into your private parts.
The act of someone peering at you in that special place is one that you can get over and then after that it’s a breeze. Everyone is different in that area of their body so it depends on the patient whether there may be some discomfort when the tools are inserted in the opening of the vagina.
The insertion of the tools is where some more uncomfortable feelings can happen. It can feel more or less like pressure or a very slight pain. If you are a virgin or tighter in that area, this may be a very uncomfortable minute or two for you. Just simply relax as much as possible and breathe as normally as you can.
SHOULD THERE BE BLOOD AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
It is nothing to be alarm about if you experience a little blood after a Pap test, you don’t have to worry if this occurs with you. If you should have a spotting of blood that continues after the test and it’s not your time of the month, see a doctor for this as soon as you can.