A pap smear is an exam to detect cervical cancer in women. Undergoing regular pap smears, or pap tests, at least every three years is critical to preventing and detecting cervical cancer.
Who should get routine pap smears?
Most women between the ages of 21 and 65 should have a pap smear performed at least every three years, even if they are not sexually active. Exceptions to women who do not need to have pap tests include women who do not have a cervix or are over the age of 65 and have not had abnormal results or family history of cervical cancer.
What happens during a pap test?
Cervical exams are often performed during pelvic exams. After changing into a medical down, you will be asked to lay on an exam table with each foot placed in a stirrup. Using a speculum, the doctor will open the vagina enough to see the cervix and use a gentle swab to collect a sample of cells, which are tested for abnormalities. Patients may feel discomfort but should not feel pain. Spotting after a cervical exam is not uncommon. Results typically take one to three weeks to return from the laboratory. If your test returns with abnormal results, Urgent Care of Mercer County will be able to refer you to a specialist for further testing and care. While abnormal results do not always indicate cancerous cells, it is important to maintain followup care to rule it out or begin treatment as soon as possible.
Where can I get a pap test?
Urgent Care of Mercer County offers pap smears seven days a week during our convenient walk-in hours. In addition to pap smears, we offer a wide range of urgent care services including on-site lab testing and discrete STD testing. Because we use our on-site laboratory, we are able to provide patients with quicker results than offices using off-site facilities.
Pap Smears & Cervical Exams in Hamilton, Lawrence, Robbinsville, Bordentown & Trenton, NJ
If you are due for a pap smear and do not have time to make an appointment, visit Urgent Care of Mercer County today! We will be able to perform your test and return your results to you in a timely manner as soon as possible, referring you to a specialist if needed. Urgent Care of Mercer County is located at 2222 NJ-33 in Hamilton, New Jersey and can be reached by calling 609-890-4100.