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Your plan for cervical health.

Find out what's happening inside your body with regular Pap tests.





What to expect at your cervical cancer screening

A Pap test is how doctors test for cervical cancer and HPV (Human Papillomavirus-the virus that causes cervical cancer). This simple and safe test is done in your doctor's office and takes only a few minutes. Regular Pap tests can help with early diagnosis and faster, easier treatment of cervical cancer.

Work with your doctor to make a plan

Cervical Cancer screening is important to help keep you healthy.

  • Schedule a Pap test every 3-5 years
  • Women with HPV should be tested every year

Know the signs

Cervical cancer is common and slow growing. Symptoms often feel like a heavy period or spotting. Knowing the signs is a good first step and regular exams can help you stay healthy. Here are some signs and symptoms of cervical cancer.

Bleeding after sex

Longer, heavier menstrual bleeding

Light bleeding between periods

Pain during sex


Increased vaginal discharge

Bleeding after menopause

Unexplained pain in back or pelvis


This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Please always follow your health care provider's instructions.

Last Updated: 04/19/2021