A Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. It is recommended that women who are sexually active have cervical cancer screening. Based on those results the frequency of future Pap smears will be determined.
The provider will perform a Pap smear by inserting a speculum in to the vagina to help visualize the cervix. A brush or cotton swab will be used to obtain a sample of the cells in and around the cervix. The cells will be sent to a laboratory where a pathologist will study them to determine if there is an abnormality. Most patients will receive their results within 1 week. We will contact you by mail or by telephone if your results require further evaluation or testing.