Pap Test

Service: Type:
Laboratory Study

Pap test is also known as a Papanicolaou test, Pap smear, Pap test, cervical smear, or smear test. During a physical exam a Pap test is taken to collect cells from the cervix. These cells are examined under a microscope for abnormal cell growth. 

When to Have a Pap Test 

  • Annually for women starting no later than age 21, or three years after sexual activity begins.
  • Starting at age 30, women who have had three normal Pap test results in a row, may be screened every two to three years.

Conditions Diagnosed