The Pap test (also called a Pap smear) is used to check for changes in the cells of your cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. A Pap test can tell you if you have abnormal cells, infection or cancer. Early diagnosis of illnesses including cancer is key to effective treatment that can even save your life.
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Regularity of Pap tests
Pap tests should be part of every woman’s routine health care. Dr Gailani recommends that all sexually active women have Pap smears every two years. Women should start having regular Pap smears between the ages of 18-20 or one to two years after they start having sexual intercourse.
How is a Pap test done?
A Pap test only takes a few minutes. A swab is taken at the opening of the cervix and vagina for examination at a pathology laboratory. Dr Gailani will talk you through your results.