There is very little chance of a problem from
having a Pap test. You may have a small amount of vaginal bleeding after this
test. And you may want to use a pad or panty liner to protect your
clothes from any spotting.
A Pap test is done to look for changes in
the cells of the
cervix . Results are usually available in 1 to 2 weeks.
Ask your doctor when you can expect the results.
In the United States, the
Bethesda system (TBS) is the most widely used system
for reporting Pap test results. It provides information about the quality of
the cell sample and the types of cell changes found.
The sample contained enough cells and no
abnormal cells were found.
The sample did not contain enough cells,
or abnormal cells were found. To learn more about abnormal Pap test
results, see the topic
Abnormal Pap Test.
What Affects the Test
Pap test results may be affected
- Menstrual blood on the slide. This can make it harder to examine
the cervical cells.
- A vaginal infection.
- The use of
douches or vaginal creams or preparations within 24 hours of the
- Not enough cells in the sample.