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PAP Smear

Alternate Names : Pap Test, Papanicolaou Test, Pap Screening

PAP Smear | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

What is involved in preparation for the test?

A Pap smear should be performed during the weeks before the start of menstruation. Women should not douche or have sexual intercourse for 24 hours before the test. No vaginal creams, diaphragms, or tampons should be used for 24 hours before the test. To minimize discomfort, a woman should empty her bladder just before the exam.

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PAP Smear: Results and Values

Author: David T. Moran, MD
Reviewer: Melinda Murray Ratini, DO
Date Reviewed: 08/15/02

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