Pap Smear



What age is good to see OB-Gyne and get a Pap smear?

     – Joyce, 36 years old, Valenzuela City


Dear Joyce,


A Pap smear or Pap test is a screening procedure a doctor uses for cervical cancer in women. “It is recommend for women age 21 to 65 years every three years. For women 30-65 years old, it can be done every five years when it is done with HPV typing,” explains Dr. Sybil Bravo, an Obstetrics & Gynecology practitioner specializing in infectious diseases.



Georgios Nikolaou Papanikolaou was a Greek pioneer in cytopathology and early cancer detection invented the “Pap smear”.


papsmear2Dr. Jenny Co also stresses the current recommendation to have it not later than 21 years old. It is a time to test for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix (opening of the uterus). It can also reveal changes in your cervical cells that may turn into cancer later on.

During the routine procedure done at your doctor’s office, cells from your cervix are gently scraped away and then examined for abnormal growth. As always, you should consult with your doctor about a specific medical condition.


From your iWoman Team


Sybil Lizanne R. Bravo, MD
PGH FMAB (Faculty Medical Arts Building) Room no 209
Tue & Thur 1-4pm / Wed & Sat 10am-1pm
Tel No:     (632) 7080000



Jennifer T. Co, MD
FEU-NRMF Medical Center, Room 412 Marian Medical Arts Building
Regalado St., West Fairview, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Mon & Sat 11am to 2pm / Thu 11am to 12nn
Tel No:   (632)9395449

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