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Who Should Have a Pap Smear?

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.

How is a Pap Smear Performed?

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.