Is it time for your PAP? Looking for a different experience?
Did you know that Naturopathic Doctors can perform a PAP test for you? Providing our patients with a comfortable medical environment is our number one goal. We do our best to take the stress and dread out of the whole procedure. We recommend getting a PAP test every 3 years if you are between the ages of 21-70. Getting regular PAP tests is the only way to screen for precancerous cervical cells, and is critical for early detection and effective treatment.
We strive to create an comfortable and calm environment. Our goal is to empower women by educating them about their bodies while giving them an opportunity to be comfortable during physical exams related to the reproductive system. It is important to us, that women get an opportunity to learn about their body and ample time with their doctor to ask questions and discuss any concerns.
The PAP visit
We start off with an explanation of the exam and time to discuss any questions and concerns you may have.
The exam itself happens in three main stages
First part of the exam is an external examination to assess the health of your external structures
Secondly, we perform the speculum exam where a sample of cells from the cervix will be taken for the PAP smear analysis. At this point we can also swab for other STI testing if desired.
Lastly, we perform a bimanual exam where the health of the uterus and ovaries will be assessed.
Before and after the exam you are welcome to relax, have a cup of tea, listen to a meditation or calming music, whatever you like!
You are welcome to bring someone with you into the treatment room, or have one of our clinic staff with you to hold your hand.
Each appointment lasts approximately 30-45 minutes and will cost $50 (plus $30 LifeLabs fee for the test analysis)
The PAP appointment is covered with most insurance plans under Naturopathic Services, although the lab test fee may not be covered.
Cancer Care Ontario - https://www.cancercareontario.ca/sites/ccocancercare/files/assets/OCSPRightTimeBrochure.pdf
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