Discover, Evaluate, Prevent and Pledge!

Some people “have” to get their nails done once a week. Some “need” to get their hair washed at hair saloons every week. Some go for their wax sessions every once a month. Me? I “need/want/must” get my eyebrows threaded at least twice a month, no matter how busy I am.

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How many of you have done a pap smear/gone for one recently? Many women delay getting their pap smears or don’t go at all, saying they’re too busy bla bla bla… But what they don’t realise is, how important regular checkups are in this day and age.

Cervical cancer is the second to breast cancer, in causing cancer deaths in women worldwide and is the 2nd most common cancer in Malaysian women.

Some of you probably haven’t had a pap smear before. I’m not going to get into the details, but I’ll explain the process – it’s not that scary la. You just need to get past the idea of spreading your legs for your doctor. o_0

Pap Smear test

A swab is taken from the cervical wall to test for cell changes that might be an indication of an infection or a lead to cervical cancer. The doctor will also check the cervix for any abnormalities.

At what age should one do a Pap Smear?

Those who are 21 years and above and/or are sexually active should get a Pap Smear done once a year.


How does the Pap Smear test work?

A plastic (disposable) speculum into the vagina (to widen it) so the doctor can examine the cervix and take the swab. It is uncomfortable for a lot of women. But hey! A few minutes of discomfort is better than a lifetime of regret, no?

Does the Pap Smear test hurt?

It doesn’t hurt. But like I said earlier, it’s uncomfortable (slightly embarrassing too). Some people equate discomfort with pain. But don’t worry. This procedure takes less than a minute, and you can keep your legs closed again. You may experience some spotting of blood a day or two after the test, and it is normal.

When should you do it?

The Pap Smear is best done 7-10 days after the start of the menstrual cycle. If you’re too close to your menstrual cycle, the thickening of the cervix walls might mask any abnormalities and give you an uncertain reading.

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I know the first time is always the scariest. To make things easier, why not do the test with your best friend? Or you could ask your husband/boyfriend to accompany you.

Tip:

  • Make sure you are comfortable with the doctor. If you prefer a lady doctor, ask for one.
  • RELAX. If you’re tense, the cervix muscles would be stiff, and it might be more uncomfortable/painful for you.
  • HPV immunization is necessary. It DOES NOT guarantee that you’ll be free from cervical cancer, but it protects you from the HPV viruses that are culprits to cervical cancer.
rif & I at the POCC Event @ Ecoba


Cervical cancer can be prevented. So ladies, go for regular pap smears and vaccinate yourself! Guys, do your part and spread the news to your friends, girlfriend, family members and anyone that matters to you. For more information, visit www.pocc.com.my today
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