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Free Pap tests and subdermal contraceptives

Provincial Population Office-Clinical Services

 

           The month of May 2018 was another busy month for the Provincial Population Office-Clinical Services, headed by Dr. Elizabeth Bacsafra, by providing free contraception methods to a total of two hundred twenty-one (221) women of reproductive age, usually married women, in the province of Laguna.

 

            On May 4, six clients received free Pap smear test or Pap test during the Serbisyong Tama Caravan (STC) held in the municipality of Liliw and on May 9, ten received free implant (Implanon) insertions in Kalayaan town.

 

            The Clinical team served 25  Implanon insertions/removals in Nagcarlan and eleven (11) in Liliw; then performed 27 Pap tests at the Rural Health Unit (RHU) in Los Baños on May 10, where another 44 received implants on the 24th.

 

            Then on May 11, one client has undergone an implant removal/insertion, while 14 were given Pap tests in Calauan. And on the 18th, 13 received Pap test as well as breast examination services during the STC held in Brgy. San Francisco in the municipality of Victoria.

           

            On May 22, the team has successfully served 41 women with Implanon insertions at the RHU in Alaminos; while five received the implants and 11 given Pap tests during the STC in Brgy. Labuin, Pila on May 25.

 

            Finally on May 30 at the RHU in Luisiana, 19 received Implanon insertions, and two underwent removals of said implant.

 

            A Pap test is a screening procedure for cervical cancer in women to detect presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix, the opening of the uterus. If found early, cancer can be easily treated.

 

            Implanon, on the other hand, is a birth control implant the size of a matchstick, inserted under the skin of the inner upper arm to stop pregnancy by releasing constant small amounts of progestogen into the body, effective as a contraceptive for as long as 3 years and should be taken out and replaced with a new implant every 3 years thereafter.