Mention the words Pap smear and the first things that come to mind are stirrups (hello embarrassment!) as well as uncomfortable poking and prodding in the most intimate part of your body.
At least that’s what you think it is. What you don’t realise is that a Pap smear can be quick, simple and pain-free when performed properly, says Dr. Norintan Zainal Shah, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Columbia Asia Hospital, Seremban. Her advice: "Go to a doctor whom you are familiar with or one that comes with a recommendation from a family member or friend. This will help you feel more at ease during the procedure".
*For the full article please refer to Shape April 2012 Issue