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How long does a pap smear take?

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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: <3 minutes

A pap smear is a gynecologic test used to screen women for cervical cancer.
A doctor 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 a couple of minutes. Results can sometimes take several weeks, however.

In brief: <3 minutes

A pap smear is a gynecologic test used to screen women for cervical cancer.
A doctor 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 a couple of minutes. Results can sometimes take several weeks, however.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. John Geisler
Gynecology - Oncology

In brief: Pap smear

It takes < 1 min to perform and usually < 1 week to get a result.

In brief: Pap smear

It takes < 1 min to perform and usually < 1 week to get a result.
Dr. John Geisler
Dr. John Geisler
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