Pap test is performed at your annual
well-woman gynecological exam as part of the pelvic exam. It is performed to detect any changes
in the cervix, any abnormal cell growth, any cancer cells or any
STDs or infections. Human papilloma virus (HPV) testing is being used
to evaluate and follow patients with early abnormalities in a Pap
The Pap test is performed by inserting a speculum into the
vagina, collecting cells from the cervix, placing those cells
on a glass
side and sending them off to a lab for examination under the
microscope or by placing the collected cells in a special solution.
should have a Pap test once a year, and this may lessen if they
have had three normal Pap results in a row. After the age of 70
a hysterectomy, the Pap may be unnecessary.