Pap Smears - Cervical Cancer Screening
SHAC performs Pap Smears for cervical cancer screening per the CDC guidelines. Pap smears start at age 21, and are generally indicated every 3 years until age 29, then every 5 years from aged 30 with HPV co-testing. A brush is used to gently swab your cervix and the cells are visualized under a microscope for any abnormalities. Avoid having a routine pelvic exam or PAP smear during your menstrual period. Menstrual blood can affect some laboratory test results. For most people, the most comfortable time to have a gynecologic exam is right after your period ends. Avoid having sexual intercourse or inserting vaginal medications for 24 hours before your exam.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a SHAC health provider, call SHAC at (505) 277-3136.