A Pap smear, also called a Pap (Papanicolaou) test, is a screening procedure used to test for cervical cancer. It may also detect precancerous cervical cells.
Pap smears are not painful for most people. You may feel a little pinch or a bit of pressure, which may be uncomfortable. The results will either be negative (normal) or positive (abnormal).
There are several reasons you could have a positive, or abnormal, Pap smear.
Pap smears should be done on a regular basis for people with cervixes ages 21-65, typically every 3 years.
If you have certain health concerns, your doctor may recommend that you have a Pap smear procedure more often. Some of these health concerns include:
Always talk to your doctor if you have questions or concerns.
Pap smears are available every day at Patient First from 8 a.m. to 8 pm on a walk-in basis. Unless otherwise recommended, you should get a Pap smear once every three years if you have a cervix and are between the ages of 21 and 65, to screen for cervical cancer. Your doctor will notify you of your Pap test results (generally within a week) once received from the lab.
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