At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To screen for cervical cancer and certain vaginal or uterine infections
When to Get Tested?
For women over the age of 21, once every 3 to 5 years depending on your age, risk factors, use of other screening tests, and your doctor's advice
Cells from the cervical area
Test Preparation Needed?
You may be instructed not to douche or tub bathe for 24 hours before the Pap smear is to be performed. You may also be asked to refrain from sexual intercourse for 24 to 48 hours before the test. Do not use any vaginal creams or foams for 48 hours prior to the exam and do not schedule the test during your menstrual period.