Know When to get a Pap Smear Test
A Pap smear is a vital test for women’s health, indicating abnormalities in the cervix, vaginal infections and inflammation. Additionally, it is the primary testing tool for cervical cancer. The earlier the disease is detected, the higher the possibility of a cure.
When should you have a Pap smear?
-If you are under 21 you do not require a test.
-If you are between the age of 21 to 29 then you should get tested once every three years.
-If you are between the age of 30-65, you should opt for a test every 3 years or undergo an HPV every 5 years.
-If you are above 65, you may not need a pap-smear test.
-In case of a hysterectomy, you might not need to do a test if your cervix was removed.
Pap smear results
The Pap smear is an initial test that alerts medical professionals of any major issues. If a problem such as cancer is detected, then you will be asked to go for further testing. If the result is normal, then this indicates healthy internal function and that you do not have abnormalities.