Is any preparation required for pap test?

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.