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The guidelines as to who should undergo testing and on what schedule have been a controversial and sometimes confusing matter. These recommendations have also changed over time. There are even some significant differences among the current guidelines, which have been developed by different medical organizations.
A woman should have a Pap smear when she is not menstruating. The best time for screening is between 10 and 20 days after the first day of her menstrual period. For about 2 days before testing, a woman should avoid douching or using spermicidal foams, creams, or jellies or vaginal medicines (except as directed by a physician), which may wash away or hide any abnormal cervical cells.