Pap Smear

Also called a Pap test, a small sample of cells from inside and outside the cervix (the lower part of the uterus) is collected using a cotton swab or a small brush or spatula. The cells are examined for any abnormalities. An anal pap – used in high risk females and males, collects cells from the lining of the anus (the opening of the rectum to the outside of the body) using a similar technique.