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How long does a pap smear exam take?
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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 2 minutes
A pap smear is a test used to screen women for cervical cancer.
A practitioner will visualize the cervix by inserting a speculum into the vagina, then will use a little brush to take a sampling of cells from in/around the cervix. The entire procedure only takes about 2 minutes. Results can sometimes take several weeks, however. It is not painful, just a little crampy.

In brief: 2 minutes
A pap smear is a test used to screen women for cervical cancer.
A practitioner will visualize the cervix by inserting a speculum into the vagina, then will use a little brush to take a sampling of cells from in/around the cervix. The entire procedure only takes about 2 minutes. Results can sometimes take several weeks, however. It is not painful, just a little crampy.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Rebecca Gray
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: 10 minutes
The pap smear itself is a very quick test in which cells are sampled from the cervix; it is just one part of the overall pelvic exam.
Some people confuse a pap smear and a pelvic exam and think that having a pelvic exam is the same as a pap. Women should have yearly pelvic exams but a pap is not always a necessary part of the exam and this is decided by your doctor based on your history.

In brief: 10 minutes
The pap smear itself is a very quick test in which cells are sampled from the cervix; it is just one part of the overall pelvic exam.
Some people confuse a pap smear and a pelvic exam and think that having a pelvic exam is the same as a pap. Women should have yearly pelvic exams but a pap is not always a necessary part of the exam and this is decided by your doctor based on your history.
Dr. Rebecca Gray
Dr. Rebecca Gray
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