Pap Smears and HPV Testing At Srujan Maternity & Nursing Home, Pune

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Pap smears and HPV Tests are lifesaving tools in detecting cervical cancer early and preventing its spread. At Srujan Maternity & Nursing Home in Pune, we strive to provide the best care and advice for our patients, helping them make informed decisions about their health. We offer comprehensive services that include Pap smears and HPV tests, with commitment and compassion from our experienced gynecologists and staff.

Read more to find out why regular Pap smears and HPV tests are important for your health, what the tests involve, and more. We’re here to help you make informed decisions about your care.

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cancer is a health condition in which the body’s cells grow out of control. Even if it later spreads to other parts of the body, cancer is always referred to by its initial location in the body. Cervical cancer occurs when cancer begins in the cervix. The vagina, birth canal, and the upper part of the uterus are connected by the cervix.

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women and is commonly diagnosed in individuals aged between 35 and 44. Cervical cancer is mostly caused by persistent infection with certain human papillomavirus (HPV). During sex, the HPV virus is commonly transmitted from one person to another.

HPV and HPV tests

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection and affects both men and women. HPV tests are used to detect the presence of the human papillomavirus in a woman’s cervix. This virus can cause cervical cancer, which is why it’s important to get tested early so that any potential risks can be identified and addressed quickly.

Pap smear

A Pap smear, also known as a Pap test, is a screening procedure used to detect abnormal cells in the cervix that could indicate cervical cancer or have the potential to become cancerous. During this test, your gynecologist will take cells from your cervix and examine them under a microscope for signs of cancer. In addition, it may also be able to detect some infections and inflammation.

Who needs a Pap Smear or HPV Tests?

  • If you are between the ages of 21 and 29 years: You ought to begin getting Pap tests at age 21. Assuming your Pap test result is ordinary, the doctor might tell you that you can stand by three years until your next Pap test.

  • If you are between 30 and 65 years of age: Discuss with the doctor which testing choice is appropriate for you —

    • A Pap test: Assuming your typical outcome, the doctor might tell you that you can stand by three years until your next Pap test.
    • An HPV test: This is called essential HPV testing. Assuming your outcome is ordinary, the doctor might tell you that you can stand by five years until your next screening test.
    • The HPV/Pap co-test: If both outcomes are ordinary, the doctor might tell you that you can stand by five years until your next screening test.
  • If you are older than 65 years of age: The doctor might let you know that you needn’t bother with being screened any longer if:

    • You have had typical screening test results for a considerable length of time
    • You have had your cervix eliminated as a feature of an all-out hysterectomy for non-harmful circumstances, similar to fibroids.
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How Often Should Pap Smear and HPV Tests Be Done?

A vital component of women’s health care is screening for cervical cancer. You should start screening at age 21, regardless of when you first start having sex. It would be best if you had cervical cancer screenings regularly, depending on your age and medical history.

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How is Cervical Cancer Screening performed?

Before taking the test, there are a few things you need to remember:

  • You must not douche (rinse the vagina with water or any other fluid) two days before your test.
  • Tampons should not be used.
  • You should not engage in sex.
  • You should not consume birth control foam, cream, or jelly.
  • You should never apply cream or medicine to your vagina.

Typically, cervical cancer screening tests are administered during a brief pelvic exam. You take the exam by lying on your back on a table, bending your knees, and inserting your feet into supports at the table’s end. A speculum gently opens your vagina so Dr. Manisha Risbud can see the cervix.

The cervical sampling vagina is made wider by inserting a speculum into it. A brush is inserted into your vagina to extract some cells from the cervix.

An HPV test is performed on the samples’ cells, which are then sent to a laboratory to evaluate whether they are infected with the types of HPV that cause cancer. A Pap test can check the same sample for abnormal cells. An HPV/Pap co-test is when a Pap test and an HPV test are performed on the same sample.

In addition to taking samples for an HPV or Pap test, a pelvic exam may include other procedures. Dr. Manisha Risbud may also feel the uterus and ovaries to look for any lumps or cysts and assess their size, shape, and position. Additionally, the rectum may be examined for abnormalities or lumps. Discuss the possibility of having a test for sexually transmitted infections with Dr. Manisha Risbud .

Dr. Manisha Risbud will outline what to anticipate at each examination stage to put your mind at ease.

What is the cost of Pap Smear and HPV Tests in Pune?

The cost of cervical cancer screening tests at Srujan Maternity & Nursing Home in Pune will depend on your insurance coverage and any additional tests or procedures that may be recommended. Dr. Manisha Risbud will discuss the cost with you during your appointment.

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