As you have probably noticed, your annual preventive exam doesn't always include a pap test anymore. Why is this? To answer, you need to know what a pap test tests, why it’s done and what is different now.
A pap involves the collection of cells from the lowermost section of the uterus, called the cervix. The cervix is located at the top of the vagina and is accessed by inserting a speculum into the vagina, so your provider can see the area. A small brush is swept around the cervix and loose cells are caught and sent for analysis. Read more about Pap Tests: No longer a yearly ritual