What are pelvic exams and pap smears?
Gynecologists use pelvic exams and pap smears to examine your genitals and reproductive system for abnormalities and screen for cancers, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and cysts. The ACOG recommends that women begin getting pelvic exams and pap tests at age of 21.
Pelvic exams generally include:
- A visual examination of the vulva
- An examination of the vagina and cervix using a speculum, an instrument that holds open the walls of the vagina to allow the gynecologist to visually examine the cervix
- An internal exam to check for abnormalities, as well as the size and position of the uterus and ovaries
The pap test consists of:
- Collection of cells from the cervix taken with a small brush
Pap tests are used to screen for cervical cancer and are usually conducted at the same time as a pelvic exam.
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