As a woman, getting a Pap smear is an essential part of staying healthy and on top of your reproductive health. The procedure involves a healthcare provider collecting cells from your cervix to test for abnormal cells or signs of cancer. If you’re due for a Pap smear or have one scheduled soon, here are five things to expect during the procedure.

What To Expect During a Pap Smear 1. Preparation

Before your Pap smear, your healthcare provider will give you instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. This may include avoiding vaginal medications or intercourse for a certain amount of time before the test. It’s essential to follow these instructions to ensure accurate results.

2. Positioning

During the Pap smear, you’ll need to undress from the waist down and lie on your back on an exam table. Your feet will be placed in stirrups, and your healthcare provider will use a speculum to hold your vaginal walls apart, allowing them to see your cervix.

3. Collection

Your healthcare provider will use a small brush or spatula to collect cells from your cervix. While this can be uncomfortable, it’s not typically painful. The collection process is quick and usually only takes a few seconds.

4. Discharge

After the collection, your healthcare provider will remove the speculum, and you’ll be able to get dressed. You may experience some light spotting or discharge after the procedure, but this is normal and typically goes away within a few days.

5. Results

Your healthcare provider will send your Pap smear sample to a lab for testing. It’s essential to follow up with your provider to get your results and discuss any abnormalities.



If you’re due for a Pap smear or have any concerns about your reproductive health, Greece Obstetrics and Gynecology LLP is here to help. Located in Greece, NY, their team of experienced healthcare providers offers a range of services to support women’s health, including Pap smears. Contact them today at (585) 225-6680 or visit their website to schedule an appointment and take control of your reproductive health.



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