During the routine procedure, cells from your cervix are gently scraped away and examined for abnormal growth. The procedure is done at Manasi Clinic. It may be mildly uncomfortable, but doesn’t usually cause any long-term pain.
Who needs a Pap smear?
The ACOG recommends that screening should start at age 21. Some women may be at increased risk for cancer or infection. You may need more frequent tests if:
1. You’re HIV-positive
2. You have a weakened immune system from chemotherapy or an organ transplant
If you’re over 21 and have not had abnormal Pap tests, ask your doctor about having one every five years if the test is combined with a human papillomavirus (HPV) screening. Current guidelines recommend that people between the ages of 21 and 65 should have an HPV test every five years.
HPV is a virus that causes warts and increases the chance of cervical cancer. HPV types 16 and 18 are the primary causes of cervical cancer. If you have HPV, you may be at an increased risk of developing cervical cancer.
Women over the age of 65 with a history of normal Pap smear results may be able to stop having the test in the future.
You should still get regular Pap smears based on your age, regardless of your sexual activity status. That’s because the HPV virus can be dormant for years and then suddenly become active.
How often do you need a Pap smear?
|Age||Pap smear frequency|
|< 21 years old||none needed|
|21-65||every 3 years or an HPV test every 5 years or a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years|
|65 and older||you may no longer need Pap smear tests; talk to your doctor to determine your needs|
These recommendations only apply to women who have a cervix. Women who have had a hysterectomy with removal of the cervix and no history of cervical cancer do not need screening.
At Manasi Clinic we offer both the Regular PAP Test and also the Liquid based PAP test along with HPV Screening.