A Pap smear, also known as a Pap test, is a test performed during an annual gynaecological check-up.
It is mainly used for the diagnosis of cervical cancer precursor lesions or cancer itself.
In addition, it also allows the diagnosis of other infections in the area.
What does it consist of?
A very simple and painless technique is used to take a sample of cells from the vagina and cervix.
Who is it for and when is it recommended?
The Spanish Association of Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy recommends different screening tests for the detection of cervical cancer, depending on the age of the women. For women aged 25-30 years, cervical cytology is recommended every three years, and for women aged 30-65 years, HPV testing is recommended every five years as the preferred option.
Regular screening is essential for the prevention and detection of cervical cancer.
At Ginecenter We perform the MIA Xytotest, which is painless, non-invasive and does not require the use of a speculum to collect the sample.
The xytotest allows, thanks to its high sensitivity, early detection of HPV.