What happens during a PAP test?


A Pap test can find abnormal cells of the cervix that could turn into cancer, or be cancer already. It’s a simple test that is performed during your gynecologic pelvic exam and is usually painless. As you lie on an examination table, the doctor puts a speculum into your vagina and opens it to see the cervix. He/she will then use a special stick and/or brush to take a few cells from inside and around the cervix. The cells are placed on a slide and sent to the lab to be tested.