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.