Pap Smear

The Pap smear, which is also called a Pap test, screens for abnormal cells on the cervix that could indicate an infection, unhealthy cells, or cervical cancer. The Pap smear can find the earliest signs of cervical cancer, which can most often be cured if caught early.

Women should have a Pap smear along with a pelvic exam starting as a young adult as part of their routine healthcare. The frequency with which you have a Pap test depends on what is best for you, so ask your doctor. We generally recommend:

  • Age 21 and older – Pap smear every two to three years
  • Age 30 and older, with three normal Pap tests for three years in a row, you may only need a Pap test every three years
  • Over age 65 – ask your doctor if you can stop having Pap tests, as the occurrence of cervical cancer is very low at this time in your life

You may need a Pap smear more frequently if:

  • You have a weakened immune system because of an organ transplant or you are undergoing chemotherapy or steroid treatments
  • Your mother was exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) while she was pregnant with you
  • You are HIV-positive
  • You have had abnormal pap smears in the past

Your doctor at Cheyenne Women’s Clinic will be happy to talk with you and recommend the best test schedule for you based on your current health and your health history. Call today for an appointment: 307.637.7700.


Cheyenne Women’s Clinic
3952 Parkview Dr.
Cheyenne, WY 82001

We are located at the corner of Parkview and College,
one block south of Dell Range.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 8-5 | Fri 8-3
Phone: 307-637-7700

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