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Date:09/04/2014 22:48 (GMT+05:30)
Subject: New post "Pap smear" in [Women Safety, Health and More in Delhi/NCR]
Naina Mittal posted a message in "Women Safety, Health and More in Delhi/NCR".
Subject: Pap smear.
Does one have to go to a Doctor for this in Delhi or one can get it done even at a path lab? I am in South delhi.
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You can visit any hospital for the same.
A Pap smear can be done in a doctor's office, a clinic, or a hospital by either a physician or other specially trained health care professional, such as a physician assistant, a nurse practitioner, or a nurse midwife.
With the woman positioned on her back, the clinician will often first examine the outside of the patient's genital and rectal areas, including the urethra (the opening where urine leaves the body), to assure that they look normal.
A speculum is then inserted into the vaginal area (the birth canal). (A speculum is an instrument that allows the vagina and the cervix to be viewed and examined.)
A cotton swab is sometimes used to clear away mucus that might interfere with an optimal sample.
A small brush called a cervical brush is then inserted into the opening of the cervix (the cervical os) and twirled around to collect a sample of cells. Because this sample comes from inside the cervix, is called the endocervical sample ("endo" meaning inside).
A second sample is also collected as part of the Pap smear and is called the ectocervical sample ("ecto" meaning outside).
These cells are collected from a scraping of the area surrounding, but not entering, the cervical os.
Both the endocervical and the ectocervical samples are gently smeared on a glass slide and a fixative (a preservative) is used to prepare the cells on the slide for laboratory evaluation. more