The pap smear is a screening test to check for abnormalities of the cervix. The test is not a test for STIs, although some STIs may be checked for at the time the pap smear is done.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends a pap smear at age 21.

The Student Health Service does not require a pap smear to start a birth control method. A clinician will help you determine when you need a pap smear and how often.

Pap smears are done by Appointment Only Monday-Friday in the General Health Clinic. There is a charge for a pap smear and the fee must be paid at least five (5) days before the appointment time or your appointment will be canceled.


The Appointment

You must arrive for your appointment 20minutes before your scheduled time. When you arrive for your appointment, you will be called by a nurse or nursing assistant for your initial work-up, which includes checking your blood pressure and weight and completing a health history. Be prepared to answer questions regarding your health such as;

  • When did you have your first period?
  • What date did your last period start?
  • How long does your period usually last?
  • How many days occur between your periods?
  • Do you have cramps or heavy bleeding?
  • Are you using birth control?
  • What are you using to protect yourself from STIs?

The appointment with the health care provider includes a breast exam, heart exam, thyroid exam, a pelvic exam and, if needed, a pap smear. It will also include breast self-exam teaching, birth control and STI education. During the pelvic exam, the clinician can also test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and vaginitis.


It takes approximately 2 weeks for pap smear results to be returned. If your result is within normal limits, you will receive a pap smear result card in your ASU box. You will be notified by phone to return if your report is abnormal. About 1 in 5 tests are abnormal, although this does not mean you have cancer. If you are called to return, DO NOT PANIC. Your health care provider will discuss the results with you. Just remember to follow-up as directed. NOTE: If you do not receive results of your PAP test within 3 weeks from the date it was done, please contact the Student Health Service to obtain your results.

Women's health services offered at the Student Health Service include:



  1. If your menstrual period starts when your appointment is scheduled, you need to re-schedule your appointment.
  2. Do not use tampons, douche, use any intravaginal medications or have sexual intercourse for the 48 hours before your appointment.


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