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Pap Smear Screening

Preventative Pap Smear; Early Screening Saves Lives.

  • 1 h
  • From 105 Barbadian dollars
  • Bridgetown, Barbados

Service Description

Pap smear screening, also known as Pap test or cervical cytology, is a routine procedure used to detect abnormal cells on the cervix, which could potentially lead to cervical cancer if left untreated. It involves collecting cells from the cervix and examining them under a microscope to identify any abnormalities. The test is primarily used for cervical cancer screening and can also detect infections, inflammation, and other cervical abnormalities. Here's how the Pap smear screening process typically works: Preparation: Before the test, you may be instructed to avoid douching, using vaginal creams or medications, and having sexual intercourse for a day or two, as these activities can interfere with the accuracy of the test. Procedure: During the test, you'll lie on an exam table with your feet placed in stirrups. The healthcare provider will insert a speculum into your vagina to gently hold it open, providing access to the cervix. They will then use a small spatula or brush to collect cells from the surface of the cervix and the cervical canal. The collected cells are then placed on a glass slide or in a liquid preservative and sent to a laboratory for examination. Analysis: In the laboratory, a cytotechnologist or pathologist examines the cells under a microscope to check for abnormalities. The results are typically reported as either normal, abnormal, or unclear. Follow-up: Depending on the results, your healthcare provider will recommend appropriate follow-up care. If the results are normal, you may be advised to have another Pap smear in one to three years. If abnormalities are detected, further testing or treatment may be necessary. We at the BFPA see nothing wrong with it being part of your annual health checks. Regular Pap smear screening is crucial for early detection and treatment of cervical abnormalities, which can help prevent cervical cancer. The frequency of screening depends on factors such as age, previous Pap smear results, and risk factors for cervical cancer. It's essential to discuss with your healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate screening schedule for you.

Contact Details

  • BFPA (Formerly known as the Barbados Family Planning Association), Bridgetown, Barbados

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