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4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850184730 E Indian School Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.66(3.3k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (Arcadia) - 4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix
Provider and staff are always great and go above and beyond.

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1701 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850161701 E Thomas Rd
Open until11:59 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
4.46(9k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (E Thomas Rd) - 1701 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix
Staff is very friendly and helpful, wait time wasn't too bad. Scheduling online was difficult.

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3931 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850183931 E Camelback Rd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
4.71(3.1k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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NextCare Urgent Care, Camelback - 3931 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix
I have been battling pneumonia and Dr Eller took great care of me, got X-rays and even scheduled a follow up.

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5920 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850355920 W McDowell Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.61(4.9k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (W McDowell Rd) - 5920 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix
First time and I was surprised by cleanliness. Staff not so friendly, it seemed they disliked their job

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8101 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 850218101 N 19th Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.68(4.3k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (19th Avenue) - 8101 N 19th Ave, Phoenix
I was very happy with the provider who cared for me, she was so caring, polite and respectful I felt like she truly cared. I did not care for the younger receptionist who spoke Spanish and gave dirty looks she had a bad attitude rolling eyes very unprofessional talking like sge was at a park having a BBQ. The other receptionist was professional and courteous.

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3229 E Greenway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850323229 E Greenway Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.6(3.4k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (E Greenway Rd) - 3229 E Greenway Rd, Phoenix
I’ve had a lot of providers but my PA Lauren Yanez has been the best. She was efficient, kind, thoughtful, and talked me through all the possible issues and scenarios with care.

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20950 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 8505020950 N Tatum Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
4.69(7.1k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (N Tatum Blvd) - 20950 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix
Happy with the provider and staff. Wait time was too long but realize very busy with the Holiday. Provider was very nice and apologetic. Appreciated that. Check in was very smooth and staff member very helpful.

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34640 N Vly Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 8508634640 N Vly Pkwy
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.68(4.3k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in reviews for their clean offices

Sparkling Clean

NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (Tramonto) - 34640 N Vly Pkwy
I love this Urgent Care. I can’t say enough good about everyone that works here. Especially, the doctors/NP’s they are so knowledgeable, and they truly care about the patients.  The clinic is always clean. I usually make appointments through solvhealth and I never have to wait.  Thank you!! It’s so hard to find amazing clinics like this, that are very consistent.  Yes, I’d recommend this provider. ❤️

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2122 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 852572122 N Scottsdale Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.5(4.9k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Oak - 2122 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
It was an overall great experience. Great communication prior to my appointment, text and email. Easy check in, not a bad wait. Staff was amazing, professional and very knowledgeable. Thank you to everyone here.

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10240 N 43rd Ave, Glendale, AZ 8530210240 N 43rd Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.62(5.6k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Glendale (N 43rd Ave) - 10240 N 43rd Ave, Glendale
Staff and provider were pleasant and professional. Would use again if needed.

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5410 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ 853065410 W Thunderbird Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.63(4.9k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Thunderbird - 5410 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale
Smooth from beginning to end. I was pleasantly impressed.

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7425 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 852607425 E Shea Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.58(5k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Shea - 7425 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale
Fantastic as always, we love this place, it's fast, thorough, smart and easy!

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9494 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 853059494 W Northern Ave
Open until11:59 pm
  • Mon12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sun12:00 am - 11:59 pm
4.56(16k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Glendale (W NorThern Ave) - 9494 W Northern Ave, Glendale
Everything went orrery smooth for how busy it was. The front desk ladies were knocking em out left and right. When I was seen it went quickly and the NP was really cool.

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535 E McKellips Rd, Mesa, AZ 85203535 E McKellips Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.68(4.8k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, North Mesa - 535 E McKellips Rd, Mesa
What a difference between this visit and a telemed call I had last night. They were prompt when I arrived, I was taken in quickly, the man who saw me was kind and light hearted. I told him I was there for a strep throat test. He looked in my ears and throat and in 1 minute confirmed “yes, you have strep pretty bad.” He said he would prescribe me a z-pack and a steroid. (Funny… The lady last night said “we don’t use z-packs anymore for strep”. You can look up that review because she was a nightmare. ) anyway I was out the door quickly, he called in my prescriptions right away and I’m on the road to recovery! A++++ for this office!!!!!

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13075 W McDowell Rd, Avondale, AZ 8539213075 W McDowell Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.6(7.8k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Avondale - 13075 W McDowell Rd, Avondale
I went to Nexcare in Avondale and had to wait an hour even though I had an appointment. When I approached the staff in the back about the wait, the lady she said it should be soon. The lady came back, checked my sons ears. She then said "appointments just hold your spot, not guarantee your time", and I told her "No, that's not true otherwise I would have just done a walk in". We've been here many times and never had this service. She then told me I can wait or leave to be discharged in a rude tone. I don't remember her name but she was a larger lady sitting in the back with blonde-ish hair. I do not appreciate her having an attitude when I am made an appt. The ladies at the front when you walk in were great.

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9745 W Bell Rd, Sun City, AZ 853519745 W Bell Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.86(6.8k reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

NextCare Urgent Care, Sun City - 9745 W Bell Rd, Sun City
The PA that helped us was amazing. She listened and provided us with information and care. I hope she is there if we ever need to go back again in the future!

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1155 W Ocotillo Rd, Chandler, AZ 852481155 W Ocotillo Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.62(4.7k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Ocotillo - 1155 W Ocotillo Rd, Chandler
Great experience, I had been sick for 3 weeks with what I thought was a cold. Finally decided to see a doctor because my cough was getting worse . Called Sun Lakes Family Medicine which is where I go and because I had the audacity of not being sick for 4 years they said I was no longer an established patient and I would have to wait for a new patient appointment which they scheduled for 3 weeks later. I went to Urgent care and found out I had pneumonia, they gave me medicine and I started feeling better the next day.

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20470 N Lake Pleasant Rd, Peoria, AZ 8538220470 N Lake Pleasant Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.69(4.8k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Peoria - 20470 N Lake Pleasant Rd, Peoria
Follow up appointment to remove sutures from a laceration. Staff was friendly, efficient. Scheduling online was easy and fast.

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17688 W Elliot Rd, Goodyear, AZ 8533817688 W Elliot Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.79(5.4k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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NextCare Urgent Care, Estrella - 17688 W Elliot Rd, Goodyear
Everything was great except wait time but only one provider, Tammy, who was excellent. Very convenient and would go there again.

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1066 N Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 852051066 N Power Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.75(13k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

Highly Rated

NextCare Urgent Care, Mesa (N Power Rd) - 1066 N Power Rd, Mesa
Wait time was relatively short as compared to past visits and this was with a scheduled appointment.  Care was excellent.   Would urge an upgrade to waiting room furniture and decor.  You appear to be doing a landmark business and a small investment would be in order.

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14800 W Mountain View Blvd, Surprise, AZ 8537414800 W Mountain View Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.7(4.6k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Surprise - 14800 W Mountain View Blvd
I was a walk in! I won’t make that mistake again. But the gentleman at the desk was very kind.

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6343 S Higley Rd, Gilbert, AZ 852986343 S Higley Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.53(4.9k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Higley - 6343 S Higley Rd, Gilbert
Great clinic! Highly recommend. Friendly, clean, efficient and I love the Dr! Wish he could be my primary care. He was so good with my 2 year old, and very thorough and helpful. So glad I have this urgent care close to home.

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2080 W Southern Ave, Apache Junction, AZ 851202080 W Southern Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.6(6k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Apache Junction - 2080 W Southern Ave, Apache Junction
Everyone was awesome and I thanked them dearly for being open

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95 S Idaho Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 8511995 S Idaho Rd
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.82(623 reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

Highly Rated

Heavens Urgent Care - 95 S Idaho Rd
I went there with flu symptoms. Everyone was very nice. Waited around fifty minutes before I saw the Doctor. I’m sure it’s pretty common in a urgent care. I would go back, this location is very convenient for us.

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18589 N 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 8530818589 N 59th Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.72(9.8k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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NextCare Urgent Care, Glendale (N 59th Ave) - 18589 N 59th Ave, Glendale
No waiting, friendly staff, thorough exam, just what you need when the chips are down.

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9897 W McDowell Rd, Tolleson, AZ 853539897 W McDowell Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.53(1.6k reviews)
Alliance Urgent Care, Tolleson - 9897 W McDowell Rd, Tolleson
It was easy to schedule online and my practitioner was informative and nice.
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8422 W Thunderbird Rd, Peoria, AZ 853818422 W Thunderbird Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.7(2k reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

Alliance Urgent Care, Peoria - 8422 W Thunderbird Rd
Booked an appointment. Got in right away. Doctor was caring, answered all my questions and didn't rush me even though it was closing time!
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21582 S Ellsworth Lp Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 8514221582 S Ellsworth Lp Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.7(3.6k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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Alliance Urgent Care, Queen Creek - 21582 S Ellsworth Lp Rd, Queen Creek
PA was good. Dr that read X-ray did not read it accurately. Thus injury left untreated could lead to major foot issue in the future
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Pap Smear FAQs

  • What is a Pap smear?

    A Pap smear is a cervical cancer screening test that is suggested for women aged 21 to 65. According to the DHHS, it entails examining the cells in your cervix for evidence of precancerous cells and abnormalities.

  • Why do you need a Pap smear?

    According to the Department of Health and Human Services, a Pap smear can help you avoid cervical cancer by detecting it in its early stages, when it can be effectively treated.

  • Who should have a Pap smear?

    If you're a woman between the ages of 21 and 65, the DHHS recommends getting a Pap smear.

  • How often should a Pap smear be repeated?

    If you're between the ages of 21 and 29, you should get a Pap smear test every three years. The DHHS recommends having a Pap test every three years if you are between the ages of 30 and 65, or once every five years if you combine your Pap test with an HPV test.

  • Where can I get a Pap smear in Arizona?

    A Pap smear can be obtained from your doctor as part of a well-woman exam or from an urgent care center that provides this service. To discover a nearby provider, use Solv to find reliable, top-rated providers in your Arizona that offer a Pap smear test.

  • How long do Pap smear results take?

    According to the DHHS, Pap smear results normally arrive in one to three weeks. If you haven't heard from your doctor in three weeks, you should contact his or her office.

  • How do I prepare for a Pap smear?

    According to the National Library of Medicine, a Pap smear test takes very little preparation. The National Library of Medicine recommends that you avoid using tampons, douche products, vaginal lotions, or birth control foams two to three days before your Pap test. It also suggests that you avoid having sex during this time and reschedule your appointment if you are on your period.

  • Does a Pap smear test for HPV?

    A Pap smear does not test for HPV, according to the National Library of Medicine. You can, however, get your Pap smear and an HPV test done at the same time every five years. Based on your age and screening history, talk to your doctor about when you should get an HPV test.

  • When should I get a Pap smear in Arizona?

    According to the Department of Health and Human Services, you should have a Pap smear every three years after turning 21 or every five years after turning 30 if you want to combine your Pap screening with an HPV test.

About [state[ Pap Smears

A Pap smear is a medical test that is routinely used to check women for cervical cancer. Knowing more about Pap screenings and where to get them can help you avoid or diagnose cervical cancer early on, allowing you to obtain treatment.

Pap smear overview

A Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer in women. According to the National Library of Medicine (NLM), this test entails taking a sample of cervix cells and examining them for cancer indications. Cervical cancer can be prevented or treated by working with your doctor if you have precancerous cells on your cervix. According to the National Library of Medicine, a Pap smear is also known as a Papanicolaou test or Pap smear test.

Pap smear (Pap test): What to expect

A Pap smear is a test that examines the cervix for the presence of cervical cancer and precancerous cells. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common cause of precancers in the cervix, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (HPV).

According to the DHHS, Pap exams are generally advised for women between the ages of 21 and 65. Women should have a Pap smear every three to five years, depending on their age, or as often as their doctors recommend.

A Pap test is normally done at your doctor's office during a pelvic exam or a well-woman exam. Your doctor will normally ask you to remove your clothing from the waist down, lie down on an exam table, and put your feet in stirrups, according to the University of Utah. Your doctor will next take a sample of cells from your cervix with a long cotton swab. According to the University of Utah, your cell sample will be submitted to a lab to be tested for evidence of precancers and cervical cancer.

Who needs a Pap smear?

Most women between the ages of 21 and 65 should get a Pap smear, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. It recommends that even if a woman is not sexually active, has received the HPV vaccine, or has previously gone through menopause, she should still undergo regular Pap screenings.

How often do you need a Pap smear?

The DHHS recommends getting a Pap smear test every three years if you're between the ages of 21 and 29. If you're between the ages of 30 and 65, the DHHS recommends getting a Pap smear every three years or a Pap and HPV co-test every five years.

If you're over 65 and have never been tested, or if you haven't been checked since you turned 60, the DHHS suggests getting a Pap test.

How to prepare for a Pap smear

Tampons, sex, douching, and vaginal creams or birth control foams should all be avoided two to three days before your Pap smear, according to the National Library of Medicine. It's also a good idea to get your Pap smear on a day when you aren't due to have your period. According to the National Library of Medicine, no other preparation is required for a Pap smear aside from these processes.

What happens during a Pap smear?

To begin, your doctor will ask you to strip down to your underwear and lie down on an exam table. Then, according to the University of Utah, your doctor will use a speculum to open the walls of your vaginal canal, giving your doctor a clear view of your cervix.

To take a sample of cells, your doctor will introduce a long swab into your vagina and gently swipe it against your cervix. According to the University of Utah, your cell sample will be transported to a lab where it will be examined and tested for the existence of precancerous cells and cervical cancer.

According to the National Library of Medicine, most women experience little to no discomfort during a Pap smear, while some women may experience pressure and mild discomfort akin to menstruation cramps. It goes on to say that some women may experience spotting or bleeding as a result of the procedure, which is totally normal.

What do the results of a Pap smear mean?

The results of a Pap smear can be normal or abnormal. The NLMl makes a point. When your results are ready, your doctor will contact you to discuss them.

Normal Pap smear

According to the National Library of Medicine, a normal Pap test means that the cells in your cervix were confirmed to be normal and that no symptoms of precancers or cervical cancer were discovered. In most cases, your doctor would advise you to return in three to five years for another routine visit.

Abnormal Pap smear

According to the National Library of Medicine, an abnormal Pap test indicates that abnormalities were found in your cervical cell sample. This does not necessarily imply that you are suffering from cervical cancer. According to the National Library of Medicine, your doctor may recommend additional tests or therapies to prevent your cell abnormalities from progressing to cancer.

How accurate are the results?

According to the National Library of Medicine, the Pap test is not 100 percent accurate, and cervical cancer can be overlooked in a tiny percentage of instances. It's also a good idea to avoid taking this test if you're on your period, as blood might skew the findings.

Does a Pap smear test for HPV?

A Pap smear test does not detect HPV, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. It does, however, look for atypical cervical cells, which could be caused by HPV. If you're 30 or older, the DHHS recommends getting a routine HPV test.

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