How to prepare for a Cervical Smear

What you need to know for an accurate result
Regular health screenings are essential for maintaining overall well-being, and one such crucial examination for women is the cervical smear or "pap smear" test.

A cervical smear is a simple procedure that can detect early signs of cervical cancer, allowing for timely intervention.  While the thought of undergoing a cervical smear may seem daunting, proper preparation and understanding of the process can help alleviate any anxiety and ensure the most accurate result.

  1. Schedule an Appointment:

Book in with us online or call us. Choose a date that is approximately two weeks after the start of your menstrual cycle, as this ensures optimal sample collection.

  1. Avoid Intercourse and Vaginal Products:

To obtain accurate results, it is advised to abstain from sexual intercourse, douching, or using vaginal creams or medications for at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. These activities can interfere with the sample and potentially affect the test results.

  1. Timing Matters:

Avoid scheduling your cervical smear during your menstrual period, as blood may interfere with the accuracy of the test. The ideal time is 2 weeks after the end of your period / in the middle of your cycle.  If you’ve recently have a smear, you will need to wait 3 months before having another smear test. Similarly, if you’ve had a coil fitted, you should also wait 3 months.

  1. Communicate any Concerns:

Before your appointment, make a note of any questions or concerns you may have and share them with your healthcare provider. Open communication ensures you feel comfortable and allows the healthcare professional to address any worries you may have.

5. Dress Comfortably:

Wear loose-fitting clothing on the day of your appointment. This will make it easier for you to undress from the waist down during the examination. We always supply a sanitary pad, as a small amount of spotting afterward is normal.

6. Empty Your Bladder:

Before the examination, it is advisable to empty your bladder. This will make the procedure more comfortable and allow for a clearer visualization of the cervix.

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