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Where can I perform the SelfPap™ test?

The Selfpap™ test can be performed anywhere that you can find a private, comfortable place where you can undress, lie down and still have access to the kit materials.

You will need about 5 to 10 minutes to complete the sample collection steps. Wash your hands with warm water and soap and dry them before proceeding. Gloves are provided for your protection. It is optional but not required.

 

How long does the test take?

You will need about 5 to 10 minutes to complete the sample collection steps from start to finish.

Is it difficult to take the SelfPap™ test?

SelfPap™ is designed to be easy to use. You can perform the procedure in less than ten minutes without having to disrobe in front of your doctor or even leave the privacy of your own house for an appointment. There is no special skill or medical knowledge needed to accurately and safely perform this procedure.

The Patented design allows for a smooth, non‐traumatic entry, making the cell collection simple, comfortable, and easy to perform.  The traditional Speculum is replaced with a Patented Cylinder or Tube Speculum, which is then lubricated for easy entry.  The Patented Brush Holder automatically positions the collection brush to retrieve cervical cell samples.  The Industry standard cervical brush (used by gynecologists world wide) is specially designed to sample both the ectocervical area and the endocervical transition zone, so you are screened for the most common types of squamous abnormality.  The cell-laden cervical brush is placed in the supplied liquid fixative container. Your sample is now ready for delivery to the laboratory for testing.

Does it work for women with tipped cervixes and other abnormalities?

Yes, SelfPap™ works on the cervix whether it be anteverted, retroverted, or has some lateral displacement.  As you lean forward it will cause a Valsalva maneuver which depresses the pelvic floor, in turn delivering the cervix in the stabilized vaginal canal to the top of the SelfPap™ Tubular Speculum which places the brush in the ideal position to to sample both the ectocervical area and the endocervical transition zone.

Why Test at home?

Convenient, Comfortable and Discreet Home diagnosis and monitoring of various disease states has become more prevalent in the past few years. Tests as varied as pregnancy, hemoglobin A1C, HIV and urinalysis testing can be performed in the comfort and privacy of your own home home. These new avenues of self‐ testing can be attributed to people taking a more conscientious role in disease management, busier lifestyles, concern over privacy issues and/or apprehension of undergoing full screening.

This movement towards self‐testing and early detection remains one of the most essential tools in women’s health in multiple domains and dimensions.

If you can’t or won’t go to the doctor you must test at home.  If you’re busy, or if you think you’re too old to have to worry about cervical cancer or you do not trust doctors the chance of finding out that you have a cervical cancer in time to save your life depends on a simple test. Now you can make sure that test gets into your hands.

SelfPap™ is the ideal solution to the problem of reaching women who do not have regular Pap tests. The user-friendly kit makes home testing practical, simple — and most of all — effective.

Is there any other test that can detect cervical disease besides Pap screening?

The only proven method for the early detection of abnormal cervical cells is a Pap test.  SelfPap™ is proven to return a sample equivalent, if not better than a physician-collected specimen.  Your sample can be used for the Pap test, HPV, STI and STD screening.

The risk of any Pap test, be it physician administered or self collection, is that the sample collected may not contain both the correct cells, or a sufficient quantity of the correct cells for testing.  If your sample did not include the correct cells or a sufficient quantity of the correct cells, you can simply administer the test again.

SelfPap’s™ Patented Brush Holder automatically positions the collection brush to retrieve cervical cell samples and the industry standard cervical brush (used by gynecologists world wide) is specially designed to sample both the ectocervical area and the endocervical transition zone, so you are able to be screened for the most common types of squamous abnormality

Be sure to follow SelfPap™ steps and procedures provided in the instructions precisely.  Should you have any questions about the correct procedures contact SelfPap™.

Should women see a doctor as opposed to doing their own cervical screening?

SelfPap™ offers unprecedented Accessibility, Availability and Affordability in the long awaited private screening solution for the cervical cancer, HPV, STI and STD crisis afflicting the women of the world today and puts women’s health in their own hands.

The foremost benefit of SelfPap™ is the potentially lifesaving cervical screening the kit brings to the millions women who may not have access to a physician or who may choose not to see a physician for their examination.  The kit allows a woman to overcome barriers such as embarrassment, pain, the invasive nature and discomfort associated with conventional Pap tests performed at a doctor’s office or medical clinic.

SelfPap™ is not a replacement for the care, advice and recommendation of your physician or health advisor.  SelfPap™ provides a convenient, comfortable and secure means for cervical screening and gives a woman complete control over the process and use of the instrument.

Are the pathology results accurate?

After your sample is collected it is sent to the Laboratory for testing.  There it is subject to the same rigorous screening processes as a traditional doctor-administered test.

The SelfPap™ kit is the most comprehensive pap test available. It is more accurate than a conventional “pap smear”, and is combined with a cytology imaging system so even more diseases can be detected.

How do I get the results of my test?

The results of your test will be provided to your doctor or health advisor who will advise you of the next steps if there are any further steps that need to be taken based on your results. After you collect the sample, the SelfPap™ test is subject to the same rigorous screening processes as a traditional doctor-administered test. It follows the identical path as a traditional sample being provided to a laboratory for screening, reporting,  and results.

Regardless of whether the test results are positive or negative, they will be provided directly to your doctor. If the results are positive, your doctor will be able to advise you of the next steps of patient protocol after the early detection provided by SelfPap™.

What other tests can be performed on the SelfPap™ collected sample?

Menu of Tests That Can Be Performed

  • Actinomyces israelii
  • Atopobium vaginae
  • Bacteroides fragilis
  • BVAB2
  • Candida albicans
  • Candida glabrata
  • Candida parapsilosis
  • Candida tropicalis
  • Chlamydia  trachomatis
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • Eggerthella species
  • Gardnerella vaginalis
  • Haemophilus ducreyi
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1)
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-2)
  • HPV
  • Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)
  • Megasphaera species type 1
  • Megasphaera species type 2
  • Mobiluncus curtisii
  • Mobiluncus mulieris
  • Molluscum contagiosum virus
  • M.genitalium
  • M.hominis
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Treponema pallidum (syphilis)
  • Trichomonas vaginalis
  • Ureaplasma urealyticum
  • Vaginal Group B Strep
  • Vaginal Group B Strep Antibiotic Resistance

 

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