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What's the difference? PELVIC EXAMINATION AND SMEAR TEST.

Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD Helping to keep you fit and healthy miriam@mirror.co.uk @MiriamStoppard

PELVIC EXAMINATION

This is a visual and manual examination of a woman's reproductive organs.

More often than not a pelvic exam isn't uncomfortable.

The exam includes the assessment of the vulva, perineal area and vaginal canal by manual examination.

After the insertion of a speculum, the cervical canal, cervix, uterus, ovaries, bladder and rectum can be examined too.

SMEAR TEST

This is a painless, quick screening test to determine any abnormal cell growth that would indicate cervical cancer.

During the procedure, a vaginal speculum is inserted into to the vagina to have a better view of the cervix. A cervical brush is then inserted to swab the tip of the cervix. The specimen is smeared on a slide and sent to the laboratory where a pathologist examines it.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Nov 15, 2016
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