The Pap test, also called a Pap smear, checks for changes in the cells of your cervix, the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. The Pap test can tell if you have an infection, abnormal cervical cells or cervical cancer.

Many things can cause inaccurate test results by washing away or hiding abnormal cells. So doctors suggest that for two days before the test you avoid:

■ Douching
■ Using tampons
■ Using vaginal creams, suppositories or medicines
■ Using vaginal deodorant sprays or powders
■ Having sexual intercourse

— Source: The U.S. Department of Health and

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