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Pap Test, Pap Smear
Our customizable tear sheet pads feature detailed content approved by URAC's Health Web Site Accreditation Program combined with educational medical illustrations. Tear sheets are proven, inexpensive handouts that facilitate informed consent and improve patient compliance while functioning as a valuable branding and contact information tool. Product Specifications: 8.5 x 11 inches, 50 tear sheets, two-sided information (full color front side, one-color back side), printed on heavy white stock, sturdy cardboard back, detailed medical illustrations in color and continuous tone, space available for overprinting of contact information (additional charge may apply). This tear sheet pad contains the following information: A diagnostic test of a sample of cells from the surface of a woman's cervix to check for abnormalities that can develop into cancer. Reasons for Procedure To check cervical cells for: * Changes or abnormalities (cervical dysplasia) that could develop into cancer * Infection of the cervix * Inflammation of the cervix Cervical cancer develops relatively slowly, so abnormalities detected early can be treated before cancer develops. Risk Factors for Complications during the Procedure - None What to Expect Prior to Procedure: * Do not have intercourse for 24 hours before the test * Do not schedule the Pap test during your menstrual period, if possible, schedule it two weeks after the first day of your period * Do not use contraceptives such as spermicidal foams, creams, or jellies for 72 hours before the test * Do not use vaginal creams, medications, or douches for 72 hours before the test Tell your doctor if any of the following is true: * You are having your period * You are pregnant * You are sexually active * You are taking birth control pills, hormone pills, or using hormone cream * You had a previous Pap test showing abnormalities * You have been exposed to HPV or other sexually transmitted diseases * You have had abnormal vaginal discharges or vaginal infections * You have had surgery, radiation treatment, or chemotherapy During Procedure - A Pap test is typically done as part of a pelvic exam Anesthesia – None Description of the Procedure - You lie on your back on an examination table, with legs spread and feet placed in foot rests. A medical instrument, called a speculum, is gently inserted into the vagina, and opened so that the doctor can view the cervix. At this point, a pelvic exam is done. For this exam, the doctor checks the uterus, vagina, fallopian tubes, rectum, and bladder. For the Pap test, a wooden swab, brush, or stick is inserted into the vagina and used to wipe the walls of the cervix to retrieve cervical cells. These cells are placed on a glass microscope slide and sent to a laboratory for testing and evaluation. After Procedure - The cervical cells are placed on a glass microscope slide, and sent to a lab for examination How Long Will It Take? The pelvic exam takes 15-20 minutes, the Pap test portion takes less than 5 minutes. Will It Hurt? A Pap test is generally painless, although you may feel some pressure or a small cramp when the cervix is wiped to acquire cells for examination. Possible Complications – None Average Hospital Stay – None. A Pap test is done at your doctor's office as part of a pelvic exam. Outcome Results of your Pap test are sent to your doctor within 2-3 weeks. Your doctor will then inform you of the results, and, if necessary, discuss any follow-up testing or treatment: * If abnormalities are found, further tests will be performed. Once the cause of the abnormality is determined, your doctor will discuss treatment options with you. Further tests include: * Biopsy - removal of a small amount of cervical tissue for further testing * Colposcopy - examination of the vagina and cervix with an endoscope, a fiber-optic tube attached to a viewing device * If an infection is found, treatment will be prescribed. * If cells are normal, no treatment is necessary. Have another Pap test with your next yearly pelvic exam. Call Your Doctor If Any of the Following Occurs * Bleeding after intercourse * Foul vaginal odor, pain, or unusual vaginal discharge * Severe abdominal pain or swelling * Signs of infection, including fever and chills * Vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods or after menopause