A Pap smear is a screening test for cancer of the cervix. The procedure is usually not painful, although there may be some discomfort when the cervix is touched to collect the sample. The Pap smear is one of the tests that may be done during your annual well woman exam. Chlamydia and gonorrhea tests may be done also.
The first Pap smear should be done when a woman is age 21. To help make your Pap smear more accurate, don't douche, don't use tampons, don't use vaginal medications, or have intercourse for about two days prior to your exam. All women should have a well woman examination once a year.
The Pap smear is evaluated by a cytotechnologist, and, if abnormal, by a pathologist. It will be reported to you as:
You will receive your results in the mail within 2-3 weeks.
Read your Pap smear letter carefully and follow the recommendations. If you have questions make an appointment with your health care provider or call the Women's Clinic at 785.532.6544.