What you need to know about HPV in women

HPV (human papillomavirus) is the cause of majority of cervical cancers world-wide. Once HPV has progressed over a period of time, it can develop into cervical cancer which is the second most occurring form of cancer among women in developing countries. In fact, cervical cancer occurs mainly in women over the age of 30 world-wide.

What is cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is a cancer that forms within the cells of the cervix, which is the organ connecting the uterus and vagina. It all begins when abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix start to grow out of control. This usually happens slowly over a period of years in most cases. This precancerous condition can be detected by a Pap smear or HPV test and is 100% treatable. Most women diagnosed with cervical cancer today have either not had regular Pap smears, or they have not followed upon abnormal results.

What causes cervical cancer?

Majority of cervical cancers are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), a common virus transmitted through sexual intercourse. There are different types (also called strains) of HPV, of which only some may lead to cervical cancer. Some strains can cause genital warts, while others do not cause any problems at all.

Other risk factors, including your lifestyle, environment, or your genetic make-up can also play a role in determining whether you’re likely to develop cervical cancer or not.

Signs and symptoms of HPV?

  • No symptoms in most cases

  • Bleeding between periods

  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse

  • Bleeding in post-menopausal women

  • Discomfort during sex

  • Vaginal discharge odour

  • Vaginal discharge tinged with blood

  • Pelvic pain

How do I check for HPV?

Often, during the early stages of HPV infection that may lead to cervical cancer, people experience no symptoms at all. This is why it is critical that women get tested with either a Pap smear or an HPV test. 

Our UDoHPVTest is a discreet, safe and convenient home test. It is straight forward, fast and as accurate as your medical practitioner’s tests.

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