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.

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For more information or to schedule an appointment with a SHAC health provider, call SHAC at (505) 277-3136.