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What is a Pap smear test?
A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women. A Pap smear involves collecting cells from your cervix 鈥?the lower, narrow end of your uterus that’s at the top of your vagina.
How often do you need a Pap smear test?
If Pap test results are normal and cancerous cells are not found, women do not need to have another Pap smear done for three years unless their doctor discovers abnormalities during a well-woman鈥檚 exam that would warrant a Pap test to be done sooner.
How do you do a simple Pap test?
Pap test. Pap test In a Pap test, your doctor uses a vaginal speculum to hold your vaginal walls apart. Next, a sample of cells from your cervix is collected using a small cone-shaped brush and a tiny wooden spatula (1 and 2). Your doctor then rinses the brush and spatula in a liquid-filled vial (3) and sends the vial to a laboratory for testing.
Can a Pap test detect cervical cancer?
鈥淭he Pap test can detect changes in cells that could be concerning for possible cervical cancer or precancerous changes,鈥?says Northwestern Medicine Obstetrician and Gynecologist Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH.