- With a doctor
Price dependent on length of consultation.
Pap smears are designed as a screening test for cervical precancerous conditions. They do not detect uterine or ovarian cancers. As the Pap smear is a screening test and like many tests, the Pap smear is not 100 percent accurate. However regular Pap smears every two years can help prevent up to 90% of the most common type of cervical cancer.
How is a Pap smear performed?
The pap smear is a simple procedure that can be performed by your doctor or specially trained nurse. An instrument called a speculum is inserted into your vagina, allowing your cervix to be clearly seen. A small soft brush is then used to collect a cell sample that is sent to the laboratory for analysis. You may experience a brief minor amount of discomfort during the test. You should receive the results in one week.
Because the presence of blood can make the interpretation of the test more difficult the test not be performed while menstruating.