The Pap test (also known as cervical cytology, Pap smear or Pap test) is performed with the intention of analyzing cells cervix-the lower part of the uterus that opens into the top of the vagina-. This procedure is part of the pelvic examination and you are looking to identify tracks virus HPV human papillomavirus, or carcinomas (cancer cells) to give timely treatment;. Hence the importance of this study for any irregularity detected in time it can be given treatment and thereby prevent or eradicate cancer.
This part of the process takes about two minutes. Usually it does not hurt, it can cause discomfort and even faint discomfort as similar to menstrual pain. It may be the case bloods slightly, but it’s nothing to worry about.
The sample obtained is sent to a laboratory where the cell structure is examined to confirm or rule out the presence of HPV or cancer or pre-cancerous cells. The results are sent to your doctor and he will let you know the opinion.
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Sources; American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Pap Test: FAQ Sheet. Retrieved on January 16, 2013 PubMed Health: Pap smear. Retrieved on January 14, 2013; Mayo Clinic: Pap smear. Retrieved on January 14, 2013