A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a screening procedure that can help prevent cervical cancer from developing. It tests for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix, which is the opening of the uterus. During this procedure, a speculum is carefully placed in the vagina and opened so the practitioner can see the cervix. They will gently scrape some cells off, which are then sent to the provincial lab where they are examined for abnormal growth. It may take up to four weeks for the results to be faxed to us and we will call a patient if there are abnormal results that may require treatment.
A person with a cervix*** should have a Pap test starting at the age of 21 or three years after becoming sexually active, whichever occurs later. Regular Pap tests are recommended every two years. After three normal results in a row (in six years), you can have the test done every three years.
For the test to be accurate, it is recommended that vaginal sex is avoided 24 hours before the test and a person is not having their period.
If someone feels nervous or uncomfortable with the procedure, they are not alone. Our practitioners are experienced, caring and compassionate. Social workers are also available for extra support during the exam.
The Screening Program for Cervical Cancer is a program through the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency that notifies patients about their Pap test results and reminds them when they are due for another test. You can contact them at 1-800-667-0017. If you have a change of address, please update your information at ehealthsask.ca.
***We strive to be a safe and welcoming space for trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming folks. Let us know how we can support your sexual health needs. Our intake form has space to write your name, pronouns, assigned sex, and gender identity so that our practitioners can address you respectfully. Trans folks, if your name hasn’t yet been changed legally, we may have to include your deadname in our medical records and apologize if this causes any distress.
Walk-In Pap Clinics
To try to make it easier for people to get the test, we offer walk-in Pap clinics on the first Tuesday of every month from 5-8PM. No appointment required. Contact us or check out our Facebook page for event information.
Call us at 306-522-0902 to schedule an appointment.