How Long Does It Take to Get the Results From a Pap Smear?

It can take up to three weeks for a provider to receive the results of a Pap test back from the lab, according to WebMD. Normal results indicate that there is no need for further testing, while abnormal results require follow-up testing.

Sometimes a Pap test reveals signs of infection although it is not a reliable test for determining whether or not an individual has a sexually transmitted disease. Abnormal cells found in a Pap test may indicate the need for a special exam using a colposcope that allows the doctor to see the vagina and cervix more clearly to determine if any abnormalities need to be addressed, explains WebMD.