Early detection of cervical cancer with vinegar method is called IVA (Inspection Visual with Acetic Acid). This method has been introduced since 1925 by Hans Hinselman from Germany, but only applied around the year 2005.
Early detection of cervical cancer by applying vinegar to 3-5 percent in the mouth of the womb (cervix) is not to be done by a doctor, but can be practiced by trained personnel such as midwives in health centers. And in about 60 seconds already can be seen if there are abnormalities, namely the appearance of white plaques on the cervix. These white plaques may be aware as pre-cancerous sores.
Early detection of cervical cancer is in addition to easy and cheap, also has a very high accuracy in detecting precancerous lesions or sores, which reached 90 percent. World Health Organization (WHO) has examined the application of IVA in India, Thailand, and Zimbabwe. Its effectiveness was not lower than the Pap smear.
Cervical cancer is caused by infection with HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) can indeed be called a silent killer because it does not cause symptoms in the initial state. If the condition is advanced before a person can feel symptoms such as frequent pain in the pelvic area, pain during copulate, bleeding arise, etc.
Actually, cervical cancer is preventable by HPV vaccination can provide protection for nine years. Indeed, this vaccine can only be accessed by certain circles because of the cost is expensive. Secondary prevention of cervical cancer can be done, among other methods of early detection using VIA or pap smears. WHO recommends, ideally women aged 25-60 years doing cervical examination every three years.
In addition to the same performance with other tests and the results can be immediately known, IVA also offers other advantages, that is practical, requiring only simple tools, and affordable. Preparation before IVA test, detection of cervical cancer by applying vinegar, among others, is not menstruating, not pregnant, and not having sexual intercourse within 24 hours before the examination.