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PAP (Papanicolaou) Smear

PAP (Papanicolaou) Smear


The PAP (Papanicolaou) Smear test is used for detecting cervical cancer. It detects the presence of cancerousโ€ฏor precancerousโ€ฏcells on the cervix. The test can also be used to detect certain inflammation and infections. During the Pap smear test, cells are collected from the cervix, vagina, and the narrow lower end of theโ€ฏuterus at the top of the vagina. This test is usually done along with aโ€ฏpelvic exam.โ€ฏA pap smear looks for abnormal cell changes on the cervix that may lead to cancer. The test also detects precancers that are caused by human papillomavirus. Human papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer in some women. Only certain strains of HPV are linked to cervical cancer. 

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Frequently asked questions

Unsatisfactory Pap (Papanicolaou) Smear test results can be due to an error while taking the test or a lack of the required cervical cells to perform an accurate test. The presence of mucus or blood in the cells can also lead to unsatisfactory Pap (Papanicolaou) Smear test results.

You should not get a Pap (Papanicolaou) Smear test if youโ€™re under 21 unless you fall in a high-risk category.

No, Pap (Papanicolaou) Smear test is not painful, but you may feel period-like cramps or a pinching sensation during the test. These symptoms will resolve on their own after a few hours.

It can take around three weeks to get Pap (Papanicolaou) Smear test results.

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