See your doctor for a Pap test every three years, starting at age 21. It may be recommended by your provider thay you have them more frequently, if you’ve had abnormal pap results in the past. Women between ages 21 and 65 without risk factors (such as DES exposure or immunodeficiency) should undergo cytologic screening every 3 years.
What is it?
During a Pap test, the doctor inserts a speculum into your vagina to examine your cervix. Using a small spatula and a brush, the doctor then gently removes cells from your cervix and sends them to a lab for examination.
A Pap test can detect cancer and precancerous changes of your cervix.