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  • Writer's pictureDr. Emma Furze ND

PAPs: Your Ultimate Guide to Cervical Health

Hey there, ladies! It's time to break the silence and have a real talk about PAP smears. We know, it's not exactly the most glamorous topic, but it's essential for your overall health and well-being. So, whether you're in your 20s or your 60s, let's dive into the world of PAP smears and learn all about the guidelines and recommendations.


What is a PAP Smear?

First things first, what is a PAP smear? Well, it's a simple test that checks for abnormal cells on the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus. The goal of this test is to catch any signs of cervical cancer early when it's most treatable. And the good news is, it's a relatively quick and painless procedure that can save lives.


Who should get Screened?

So, who should get screened? According to the BC Cancer Agency, it's recommended that women who have a cervix start getting screened at age 25. If you're younger than 25, you don't need to worry about PAP smears unless you have specific risk factors or symptoms. And if you're older than 25, it's recommended to continue getting screened every three years, as long as you have a cervix, until age 69. After that, you may choose to stop screening if you've had three or more normal PAP smears in a row.


But remember, ladies, these are just general guidelines. Your doctor may recommend a different screening schedule based on your individual health history. So, it's essential to have an open and honest conversation with your healthcare provider to determine what's best for you.


Now, we know that PAP smears may not be the most exciting thing on your to-do list, but they are vital for your cervical health and it’s important to follow the recommended guidelines for screening. So, let's make it fun! Schedule your PAP smear like a self-care day. Treat yourself to a spa day or a favourite activity afterward. You deserve it!


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