Pap smear is also known as the Pap test. It is shortened from the name of the doctor Papanicolaou. Dr. Papanicolaou was the one who developed this screening test, used to detect any abnormal cells in the cervix uteri. Cells in the cervix uteri can become abnormal due to different reasons like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infections of the genital area but also due to cervical cancer.
Pap smear is great way to detect the cervical cancer on time, as cervical cancer is the fourth most common cause of deaths among women worldwide.
It is a simple procedure that won’t hurt. Usually it is performed by our experienced gynecologist at Abortion Center in Brooklyn. You should lay down on a table with the legs open and spread. With the help of an instrument called speculum the doctor will open the walls of the vagina and rich the cervix. With the help of the speculum your doctor now has a good visualization and access to the cervix. The surface of the cervix is than scraped with a spatula, which is a plastic tool. This spatula is than put into a glass and sent for further laboratory analysis. In the laboratory this smear is looked under the microscope for any abnormal appearance of the cells of cervix uteri.
Once the procedure is done, you should wear a pad, just as a safety precaution as there might be a little spotting after the Pap smear. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for a few days, as well as wearing tampons as excessive pressure could hurt your cervix and make it bleed. This is all due to an increased sensitivity of the cervix cue to scrapping during Pap smear.
Do not worry, as it is normal to have spotting after a Pap smear. It usually stops by itself, after a few hours, sometimes after a few days. Spotting after a Pap smear can be caused due to the following reasons:
The National Cancer Institute categorizes the Pap smear samples as follows:
Dmitry Bronfman, MD, is a board-certified gynecologist who specializes in all aspects of contemporary women’s health, preventive medicine, pelvic pain, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and general, adolescent, and menopausal gynecology.
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