PAP Smear: Frequently Asked QuestionsMonday, April 23, 2012 - 13:04
Here are some frequently asked questions related to Pap smear.
Q: Who should have a Pap smear?
A: Every girl or woman who is at least 18 years old and who is or has been sexually active should have regular Pap smears.
Q: How often should a girl or woman have a Pap smear?
A: She should have an annual Pap smear unless her doctor advises her to be tested more or less frequently.
Q: Can a Pap smear prove whether a woman has cancer?
A: No. A Pap smear can detect abnormal conditions of the
Q: Why are regular Pap smears so important?
A: Regular Pap smearing is the only way to detect early cervical cancers and conditions that could become cancerous.
Q: What happens if Pap smear results are abnormal?
A: The doctor will perform a second Pap screening. If the results of this procedure are also abnormal, the doctor will perform diagnostic procedures to identify the condition.
Q: Should a woman who is pregnant have a Pap smear?
A: A Pap smear is performed during a woman's first prenatal visit with her obstetrician. If a woman who is pregnant has an abnormal Pap smear, her doctor will perform a