EXAMINATIONS CERVICAL SMEAR [ PAP-TEST ]
From the age of 30 years [ to 60 years ] in The Netherlands all women are called to have a cervical smear [ or PAP-test ] every five years. This population research is meant to discover cervical cancer at an early stage, in order to start early treatment. Apart from this cervical smears are also taken when having certain complaints like post-coital blood loss, or blood loss between periods.
How is it done
In general cervical tests are done after your period is over. In general it is not painful. The doctor will insert a pre-warmth speculum into the vagina and will look for the cervix. This is best done with your legs slightly lifted. With a small brush the cervix is touched in order to retrieve some cells of the cervical mucosa. Formerly this brush was smeared onto a glass. Nowadays this brush is put into a container with fluid. This is send to the laboratory, where it will be investigated. The results of these tests often last two to three weeks.