As we described, cells are collected from the uterine cervix. For this reason it would be best not to have the Pap test taken during menstruation as the menstrual fluid might have washed cells off the cervical surface. Also, a woman should avoid vaginal douching or vaginal gels and creams 48 hours before the test and it would be best to refrain from sexual intercourse 24 hours prior to the examination.
Frequently Asked Questions
HPVs: What they are and what they cause
- HPV and cancer
- Am I the only one with HPV?
- How did I get HPV?
- When did I contract HPV and who gave it to me?
- What are the tests necessary for checking an HPV infection?
Pap testHPV DNA test
- Will I always have HPV?
- How can I protect myself from HPV?
Men and HPV