“Let’s talk about women’s health ladies!
Have you ever had a Pap smear, also called a Pap test?
Do you know what that is and why you should get tested?
A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women. A Pap smear involves collecting cells from your cervix – the lower, narrow end of your uterus that’s at the top of your vagina.
Do Pap tests really help? Yes! Before Pap screenings, cervical cancer was the #1 cancer killer in women, now it’s #14.
How does it test for Cervical Cancer? Your cells are sent to the lab to test for the presence of precancerous and cancerous processes in the cervix.
Detecting cervical cancer early with a Pap smear gives you a greater change at a cure and could save your life.
How often should I get it? It depends on your age and medical history. It’s recommended that if you are 21-29 you get a Pap test every 3 years, if you are 30-65 you should get a Pap test every 3 years and get co-testing done, every 5 years which is both tests together.
I got my first Pap test when I was pregnant with my first baby.
It didn’t hurt, but it was a bit uncomfortable. The good news is, it was over quickly and made sure that I was healthy to have my babies.❤️
Having access to this testing at the recommended intervals is crucial for all women so they can have a good outcome.”