Pap Smear Price Philippines: Will it be Expensive?

Pap Smear, also known as the Pap test, is usually done to screen women for cervical cancer. Women aged 21 years old and above should start considering having the procedure done every three years to stay on top of their health.

Women aged 30 years old and above can have a Pap Smear every five years if done together with a human papillomavirus (HPV) test. A more frequent Pap Smear procedure is needed if there is a history of cervical cancer or previous Pap Smear results showed abnormal cell growth. Other conditions that call for a more frequent Pap Smear include:

  • Diethylstilbestrol exposure before birth
  • HIV infection
  • Weakened immune system
  • History of smoking

 

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How to Prepare for a Pap Smear

There are certain preparations you need to be aware of before proceeding with your Pap Smear:

Avoid intercourse, douching and use of vaginal medicines two days before the test as these might wash away abnormal cells.It is advisable not to schedule your Pap Smear when you expect to menstruate.

Once on the examination table, relaxation would help; there might be more discomfort if you are tense.

Urinating beforehand should also be done so the procedure will not be more uncomfortable than it should be.

For screening cervical cancer, the Pap smear test remains the most practical, accessible and affordable tool. Early-stage detection gives a higher chance of curing it.

 

Pap Smear Price

The price of a in the Philippines has an average cost of PHP 500, while  government health facilities offer cheaper tests for PHP 120. The price range for private hospitals can be as low as PHP 1,500 to PHP 2,000.

Consult your doctor as soon as possible to get more information about your test results and any necessary treatment.

Caring for one’s health can be expensive and become an unreachable goal. However, unexpected costs can be prevented through the help of healthcare plans.

Find out more about how you can be more proactive in taking care of your health by visiting InLife Health Care (shop.insularhealthcare.com.ph) and choosing She’s Well – Products.

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