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What do you need to know about a Pap smear test?
Pap smear 1 Overview. A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women. 2 Why it’s done. A Pap smear is used to screen for cervical cancer. 3 Risks. A Pap smear is a safe way to screen for cervical cancer. 4 How you prepare. Avoid intercourse, douching, or using any vaginal medicines or spermicidal foams,…
What is an HPV Pap smear?
Pap smears are a lifesaving screening tool for cervical cancer. The test can detect abnormal cells in the cervix before they become cancerous. Healthcare providers often perform HPV tests during Pap tests to check for a virus that raises the risk of cervical cancer.
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.
How is a Pap test done for cervical cancer?
In a Pap test, your doctor uses a vaginal speculum to hold your vaginal walls apart and to see the cervix. Next, a sample of cells from your cervix is collected using a small cone-shaped brush and a tiny plastic spatula (1 and 2).