Health Tip: Prepare for a Pap Test

-- Most women need regular pap tests to check for early signs of cervical cancer. It's important to prepare before the test to get the most accurate results possible.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in the two days before the test, you should avoid:

  • Douching.
  • Using a tampon.
  • Using any suppositories, creams or medications that must be inserted into the vagina.
  • Using any vaginal deodorant sprays or powders.
  • Having sex.

Posted: August 2008


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