At least once a year, every responsible and self-sufficient woman visits a gynecologist for a comprehensive preventive gynecological examination, during which special attention is always paid to a careful examination of the cervix. The cervical test is for early diagnosis of cancer, the fourth most common form of malignancy in women that begins unexpectedly and does not show any clear symptoms.
Cervical cancer develops for a variety of reasons: significant weakening of a woman’s immunity, premature sex, unprotected sex, multiple partner changes, multiple births, smoking, long-term use of contraception, or sexually transmitted infections (such as HPV). There are no women protected against cervical cancer, so it is especially important to take care of yourself and have a cervical cancer test at least once a year.
Cervical smear collection is a painless and safe, multi-minute procedure performed by carefully and thoroughly dilating the cervix with a spreader and a small brush to take a small sample of cells from the surface of the cervix. A test for cervical cancer is taken on any non-menstrual day (but preferably on a 10-20 day of the cycle). Most importantly, do not use any vaginal medications, creams or lubricants for 48 hours prior to the cervical examination. it is recommended to abstain from sexual intercourse and not to use tampons before the test.