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A Pap smear is a screening test for cancer of the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. The test can help your doctor find early changes in the cervical cells that could lead to cancer.
A Pap test is done to look for changes in the cells of the cervix. Finding these changes and treating them when needed will greatly lower your chance of getting cervical cancer.
Before a Pap test:
At the beginning of your visit, tell your doctor:
No other special preparations are needed before having a Pap test. For your own comfort, you may want to empty your bladder before the exam.
Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about the need for the test, its risks, how it will be done or what the results will mean.
When you arrive for your Pap test, you will need to undress and drape a paper or cloth, covering you from the waist down. You will then lie on your back on an examination table with your feet raised and supported by footrests. This allows the doctor to examine your external genital area, vagina and cervix.
The doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina. The speculum gently spreads apart the vaginal walls, allowing the inside of the vagina and the cervix to be examined.
Your doctor may collect several samples of cells from your cervix using a cotton swab, brush or small spatula. Cells are collected from the visible part of the cervix as well as from its opening. In women who do not have a cervix, cells from the vagina are collected when indicated. The cells are smeared on a slide or mixed in a liquid fixative and sent to the lab for examination under a microscope.
A normal result means that the test did not find any abnormal cells in the sample. An abnormal result can mean many things. Most of these are not cancer.
The results of your test may be abnormal because:
You may need more tests to find out if you have an infection or to find out how severe the cell changes are. For example, you may need:
A colposcopy is usually done before any treatment is given. During a colposcopy, the doctor also takes a small sample of tissue from the cervix so that it can be looked at under a microscope. This is called a biopsy.
Treatment, if any, will depend on whether your abnormal cell changes are mild, moderate or severe.
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