What is a PAP SMEAR?
A Pap smear, often known as a Pap test, is a cervical cancer screening technique. It examines your cervix for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells. The cervix is the uterus’s opening.
Cells from your cervix are softly scraped out and evaluated for aberrant growth during the standard operation. Your doctor will do the operation in his or her office. It may be a little unpleasant at first, but it seldom causes long-term pain.
Causes & Treatment
Cervical cancer is detected with a Pap smear.
A pelvic exam is frequently performed in conjunction with a Pap smear. The Pap test may be paired with a test for human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted infection that can lead to cervical cancer, in women over the age of 30. The HPV test may be used instead of a Pap smear in some instances.
who should get a Pap smear
You and your doctor can decide when you should start Pap testing and how frequently you should have it.
Doctors recommend starting Pap testing at the age of 21.