"To the sound of soothing music, the client then spends 10 to 20 minutes meditating and relaxing, as they would at a spa.
The procedure starts: external examination, speculum exam for Pap smear analysis and, as necessary, an assessment of the uterus and ovaries.
Towards the end of the 45-minute session, the patient is offered a warm cup of tea, and possibly a hand massage or a vaginal steam.
But while naturopaths say their version of the Pap test caters to women who may not otherwise get screened, some cancer-care specialists say the service is unnecessary and could result in diagnostic delays.
“Is a Pap test really that awful?” asks Dr. Joan Murphy, who leads the cervical screening program at Cancer Care Ontario.Those who find the Pap test uncomfortable can also speak to their family doctor about their concerns, says Dr. Susan McFaul, obstetrician-gynecologist and chair, PAP Campaign committee of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada.
The issue of followup, especially if a test comes back as abnormal, is another concern for both McFaul and Murphy.
Although performing Pap tests is within the scope of practice of naturopaths, as per the 2015 Regulated Health Profession Act of the province of Ontario, they can’t provide the followup diagnostic and treatment care.
“This discontinuity does not work in women’s best interest,” says Murphy"
Diagnostic delays and discontinuity are the bigger picture here. Does everything have to be provided in a spa like setting today to now make medical testing appealing?
I am not a woman, however I have had to (and still do) submit to multiple invasive testings in every orifices of my body from head to toe - and I mean every. I accept these tests and procedures as necessary preventative and diagnostic tests to keep me as healthy as possible. I believe its better to have all your ducks lined up in a row for continuity. Unnecessary outsiders to me. I'll have my tea and biscuits when I get home. And that would also mean keeping another $100.00 in my wallet.
ACH2015 - Andy.