The Pap smear test, also known as the Pap test or cervical smear, is a screening test used to detect abnormal cells in the cervix, which can lead to cervical cancer. During the test, our healthcare provider collects a small sample of cells from the cervix using a speculum and a brush or spatula. The sample is then sent to a laboratory for analysis. The Pap smear is a quick and painless test that can be performed during a routine pelvic exam. It is recommended for women between the ages of 21 and 65 to have a Pap smear every three years, or more frequently if they have a history of abnormal Pap test results or other risk factors for cervical cancer. The Pap smear has been instrumental in reducing the incidence of cervical cancer and is considered one of the most effective cancer screening tests available.