What is a Pap Test?
A Pap Test, also called a Pap Smear, is a screening that checks for signs of cervical cancer.
These tests are an essential part of a woman’s routine health care and are part of our routine well woman exams. They are the most effective way to detect abnormal cervical cells, including precancerous cervical lesions, as well as early cervical cancers.
Pap smears are offered at any of our nine primary care clinics, and results normally are received within 1-2 weeks of your exam. Our Aylo Health clinics are open seven days a week and offer extended hours for added convenience.
Cervical Cancer is 4th most common cancer in women worldwide.
Regular pap smear screenings can detect abnormal cells early — making it possible to treat these women before the cells turn into cancer. That’s why it’s recommended for women 21 and up to have a Pap Test every 3 years until 65 years old.
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Why get a Pap Test at Aylo Health?
Efficient & Effective
This procedure may cause mild discomfort but our care team will assist you.
All of our Primary Care locations offer Pap Tests, which means less wait times for you and efficient service.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How to prepare for a Pap Test
To prepare for your Pap Test, it’s recommended to first schedule your Test and Well Woman Exam when you know you will not be on your menstrual cycle since it can interfere with the results of a Pap smear. But if you have new issues or increasing pelvic pain, a pelvic exam may be done while you are on your current cycle.
During your Pap Test, your Aylo Health provider will use a small brush to collect cells from your cervix to check for signs of cervical cancer. There may be a few seconds of discomfort, but this test is quick and mostly painless. After your test, your provider will follow up if any abnormal results are found.
What to avoid before a Pap Test?
Do not use douches, tampons, vaginal medicines, or vaginal sprays or powders for at least 24 hours. Do not have sex for 24 hours prior to the exam if you have abnormal vaginal discharge.
What is Preventive Care?
Regular preventive care, such as a yearly physical, wellness checkup, or well-woman exam, can help you stay healthy and catch any potential health issues early on. Our goal is to help you understand the benefits of your preventive visit and any out-of-pocket costs you might have, so you can take advantage of the care you need to stay healthy.
Are Preventive Care visits covered?
We want to make sure you’re informed about potential out-of-pocket charges that may occur during your preventive office visit. While most preventive visits are covered at no cost to you, you may be charged for certain things, such as:
- Discussing new symptoms or health concerns that are discovered during your visit
- Receiving treatment or testing for an existing health condition
- Undergoing procedures such as spirometry, EKGs, or biopsies
- Having labs or radiology tests that are not considered preventive
If you’re unsure about your lab or radiology benefit, we encourage you to refer to your Insurance carrier for benefits and coverage. Our team is here to help you understand these potential charges, so you can make informed decisions about your care.
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