Good news ladies! Get your FREE PAP SMEAR!
As part of the Women’s Gynaecological Awareness Month (WGCAM) Campaign 2017 by Singapore Cancer Society,
*(1ST MAY – 31ST AUGUST 2017)
The procedure is FREE to all eligible women!
Criteria/Instructions for Free Screening:
- Singaporean or Singapore Permanent Residents
- Women aged between 25-69 years old who have had sexual intercourse
- Currently not menstruating, at least seven days after the end of your last menstrual period
- Avoid sex for at least 48 hours before the screening
- Do not use spermicides, vaginal creams, lubricant jelly, vaginal medications or tampons at least 48 hours before the screening
Why is it important to have PAP smear screening?
PAP smear screening is performed for early detection of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the easiest gynaecological cancer to prevent and treat with regular screening and follow up.
In Singapore, the recommended national pap smear screening programme is for women aged >25 years who have ever engaged in sexual intercourse before. Women are advised to have a pap smear test once every 3 years at the minimum. If you have had an abnormal pap smear result in the past, you may be asked to come for more frequent pap check-ups.
The procedure is FREE to all eligible women.
NO CONSULTATION or PROCEDURAL FEES shall be charged to all eligible women.
How do I prepare for my Pap smear?
- Schedule your appointment 2 weeks after the start of your menstruation.
- Avoid sexual intercourse 48 hours before the screening.
- Do not use spermicides, vaginal creams, lubricant jelly, vaginal medications or tampons 48 hours before the screening.
- Wear a comfortable 2-piece-outfit on the day of your appointment.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
I am interested to do the free Pap smear under this programme. How do I go about registering for it?
Please check with the respective clinic(s) if there is a need to make an appointment.
How long will my results take to process? How will I be notified of the results?
Please allow 1-2 weeks for your results to reach you. The clinic will contact you when your results are ready for collection.
Do I need to pay for anything? Is it really free ie. no consultation charges?
The Pap smear test is FREE. No consultation charges will be involved for the 1st visit. However subsequent follow-up visits are chargeable and so are any other tests were done at the clinic.
How long is this free Pap Smear available for?
The free Pap smear is only free during the campaign months from 1st May to 31st July 2017.
Can I go to a polyclinic and do the free Pap smear test?
No, the polyclinics do not offer the free Pap smear test for this campaign.
I would like to be served by a female doctor. Is there one available?
Our Women’s Health clinic at Bencoolen is staffed by a female doctor. For the remaining clinics, please up to check if a female doctor is present on the date of your preferred visit.
I did my Pap smear last year? Must I do it again this year? How often should I do a Pap smear?
The recommendation from Health Promotion Board (HPB) is for a woman to undergo a Pap smear every 3 years unless otherwise advised by your doctor.
My Pap smear results are reported as ‘abnormal’. What should I do?
Your doctor will get in touch with you and provide further advice and follow-up. If you require specialist review, your doctor will discuss the relevant private and subsidized options with you.
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Need a Female Doctor?
Having Women’s Health concerns? Please visit us or contact us at our Women’s Clinic in Singapore. We are open on weekends too.
1.) Dr Tan and Partners @Bencoolen
Main Doctor: Dr Michelle Chia
180 Bencoolen Street,
#02-20, The Bencoolen
Telephone: +65 6884 4119
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
9.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday & Friday
9.00am – 8.00pm
Saturday – Sunday
9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Public Holiday – Closed
2.) Dr Tan and Partners@ Robertson
Main Doctors: Dr Grace Huang
(Anonymous HIV Testing is available daily too)
11 Unity Street,
#02-06/07, Robertson Walk
Telephone: +65 6238 7810
Monday – Friday
8.00am – 9.00pm
9.00 am – 9.00 pm
9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Public Holiday – Closed