A Pap test is done in a healthcare provider’s office. An instrument called a speculum is gently inserted into your vagina so your cervix can be seen. Cells are taken from the cervix and sent to a laboratory to be examined under a microscope.
How do I prepare for my Pap test?
- Try to make your appointment for a day when you do not have your period.
- Do not have sexual intercourse 24 hours before your test.
- Do not douche or use tampons, contraceptive creams or medicines in your vagina for 48 hours before your test.