Is A Pap Smear Test Necessary?

Is A Pap Smear Test Necessary?


A Pap smear is a test used to detect cervical cancer, and it’s a necessary part of maintaining your reproductive health. Learn more about how a Pap smear works and why you need one.

If you’re looking for a Pap smear and a well-woman check-up, contact Vida Medical Clinic to schedule your free, confidential appointment.


How Does a Pap Smear Work?

A Pap smear is a quick procedure that is performed in a clinic. During the procedure, the provider will insert a medical instrument called a speculum into your vagina to hold the vaginal walls open. This allows the provider to view your cervix clearly.

Next, the provider will swab your cervix to collect your cervical cells. These cells will go to a laboratory where they will be examined to look for abnormalities that could indicate cancer or a precancerous condition.


How Does a Pap Smear Protect My Health?

Receiving a Pap smear is a safe, reliable way to detect precancerous or cancerous cervical conditions. Detecting these conditions early and receiving swift treatment is critical to ensure the best possible outcomes.

At Vida Medical Clinic, a Pap smear is part of a well-women check-up, which also includes a pelvic and breast exam. These routine exams are essential for early detection of potential issues and treatment.


How Often Should I Receive a Pap Smear?

If you are between 21 and 29, receiving a Pap smear test every three years is ideal. If you are between the ages of 30 and 65, a Pap smear test along with HPV testing is recommended every 5 years. However, if you meet any of the following risk factors, getting more frequent pap smears is recommended per ASCCP guidelines:

  • History of abnormal Pap results
  • History of HPV
  • Exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) before birth
  • HIV infection
  • Weakened immune system due to organ transplant, chemotherapy, or chronic corticosteroid use


Next Steps

At Vida Medical Clinic, we care about your health. This is why we provide free pap smears for our well-woman check-ups. Contact our caring team to schedule your confidential appointment today.