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Your Pap Test:
What to Expect
Inside a woman's body
Talk to your provider about
What is a Pap test?
A Pap test is done to check your cervix (the opening of the
Women should start having Pap tests when they are 21
What causes cancer of the cervix?
Cancer of the cervix is caused by a virus called human
There are many types of HPV.
Most HPV infections go away on their own and cause no
There are many ways you can lower your chances of
How often should I get a Pap test?
Some women may need a Pap test more often,
What should I do ahead of time?
If this is your first Pap test, you may be a little
These things can affect the result of the Pap test.
If you would like, you can ask a family member
What happens during the visit?
Your provider will ask you questions about your
|The Pap test is taken during a pelvic exam.
An instrument called a "speculum" is gently
placed inside the vagina and opened just
enough so that the cervix can be seen.
What happens after the exam?
Your provider will talk to you about:
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