What is a pap smear?

A pap smear is also referred to as a pap test. It is a screening test for cervical cancer for women.

During a pap smear, the clinician will use a plastic or metal instrument, called a speculum, which helps the clinician to examine the vagina and the cervix, and allows them to collect a few cells and mucus from the cervix and the area around it. These cells are gently scraped from the area by the clinician.

The cells are placed in a bottle of liquid and sent to the laboratory, so they can check to be sure the cells are normal.

Pap smears do not test for sexually transmitted diseases.

It is not recommended to schedule your pap smear during your menstrual cycle, as the menstrual blood can obscure the visibility of the cells collected in the sample, which can lead to inaccurate results.

Regular pap smears are recommended for all women specially over the age of 21. If you have not had a recent pap smear, contact your doctor today.

You can schedule your pap smear with Advantage Health Care as well. Please call us at 630-595-1515 or book your appointment online now