Pap Smear and Tetanus Vaccine

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No, they don’t go together. But in my case, they had to. I recently went to my OB-Gyne for my annual Pap smear test. This is the third year in a row that she’s required me to have this test done, and though I don’t like subjecting myself to the meticulous eye, err… hands of my dear doctor, I willingly obliged for my own peace of mind. Cases of cervical cancers are on the rise, so I better be safe than sorry. I still have to call my doctor this week for the results.

According to MedicineNet.com, a Pap smear or a Pap test is “a medical procedure in which a sample of cells from a woman’s cervix (the end of the uterus that extends into the vagina) is collected and spread (smeared) on a microscope slide. The cells are examined under a microscope in order to look for pre-malignant (before-cancer) or malignant (cancer) changes.”

And how did I end up receiving my tetanus vaccine on the same visit? Well, in my haste to go to my doctor’s clinic, I got so careless getting out of the cab and I had the back of my right leg scraped by a metal thingy, which I assumed was also quite rusty. I showed the gash to my OB-Gyne and she suggested I have a tetanus shot just to be on the safe side. And so I ended up paying a little more than Php3,000.00 for the whole package (Pap smear with OB-Gyne, tetanus vaccine, and laboratory fee), quite expensive for less than an hour’s work. My son Justin should become a doctor.

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