What is Pap smear (Cervical smear)?

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The Papanicolaou Smear, also called Pap smear and Cervical smear is a way to examine cells collected from the cervix (the lower, narrow end of the uterus). The main purpose of the Pap test is to detect cancer or abnormal cells that may lead to cancer.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 42 7
Evaluation/monitoring 9 5
Diagnostic assessment 4 8
Human papillomavirus infection 3 1
Bleeding gums 1 1
Cervical dysplasia 1 0

Show all 9 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 2
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pap smear (Cervical smear)

Side effect Patients
Abdominal pain 1
Anxious mood 1
Breakthrough intermenstrual bleeding 1
Flashbacks 1
PTSD triggers 1
Vaginal bleeding 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Pap smear (Cervical smear)

Dosage Patients
yearly 5
as needed 2
one time 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 12
Usually 2
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 12
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There are no evaluations for Pap smear (Cervical smear).