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What does a normal Pap test result mean?
Normal A normal (or 鈥渘egative鈥? result means that no cell changes were found on your cervix. This is good news. But you still need to get Pap tests in the future.
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.
Are Pap smear results accurate?
Pap smear results aren’t accurate 100% of the time. It’s possible for the test to miss some abnormal, cancerous cells and indicate that your result is normal. This is a false negative. Cervical cancer grows slowly. If your Pap smear missed cancerous cells, another Pap smear the next year may find them. There are different types of abnormal results.
What does it mean when your pap smear results come back unclear?
It is common for test results to come back unclear. Your doctor may use other words to describe this result, like equivocal, inconclusive, or ASC-US. These all mean the same thing鈥攖hat your cervical cells look like they could be abnormal. It is not clear if it鈥檚 related to HPV.