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What is a Pap Smear Test?

A Pap smear, also known as a Pap test, is a screening procedure designed to detect abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. This test plays a crucial role in identifying early signs of cervical cancer and other potential issues.

Why is it Important?

  1. Early Detection of Cervical Cancer: The primary goal of a Pap smear is to detect cervical cancer in its early stages when it is highly treatable. Regular screenings can identify abnormal cell changes long before they develop into cancer.

  2. Detection of Infections: Pap smears are not just about cancer; they also help identify infections of the cervix, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Early detection enables timely treatment, preventing the development of complications.

  3. Preventive Healthcare: Incorporating Pap smears into your routine healthcare is a proactive approach to women’s well-being. It empowers individuals to take control of their health and address potential issues before they escalate.

The Procedure: During a Pap smear, Dr. So. Sharadha gently collects a sample of cells from the cervix, which is then examined under a microscope for any abnormalities. The procedure is relatively quick and may cause mild discomfort but is generally well-tolerated.

Who Should Undergo a Pap Smear? Dr. So. Sharadha recommends that women should start regular Pap smears around the age of 21 or as advised by their healthcare provider. The frequency of the test may vary based on age and individual health factors.

Conclusion: Regular Pap smear tests are a fundamental aspect of women’s health, and at SRS Speciality Clinic, Dr. So. Sharadha emphasizes their role in preventing and detecting potential issues early on. Don’t neglect this vital aspect of preventive care—schedule your Pap smear test today to ensure a healthier tomorrow.

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DR.SO.SHARADHA
DR.SO.SHARADHA

MBBS, DGO, DNB OBG, MRCOG, FICOG…Obstetrician, Gynaecologist, Fertility Specialist Infertility Specialist 17 Years Experience.

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