The doctor will then insert a speculum into your vagina. It’s an instrument that spreads your vaginal walls apart so that your cervix is more accessible. Inserting the speculum might feel a little uncomfortable, but typically, it doesn’t hurt-you’ll just feel some pressure. To promote comfort, the doctor will lubricate the instrument and ask you to relax.
Taking cervical cell samples is quickly over
Once the speculum is in place, the doctor will collect cervical cells using a spatula (scraping instrument) or soft-bristled brush. The sensation may be a little strange, but like speculum insertion, it doesn’t hurt.
After collecting the sample and removing the speculum, that’s it; you’ve completed your first Pap smear. The doctor will give you time to clean up and dress, and then you can talk about when you can expect the results.
Once you leave the clinic, you can go on your day as usual. If you experience pain, let your physician know right away, because it’s not a common occurrence.
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