The use of douches or vaginal creams or preparations within 24
hours of the exam.
What To Think About
After you have had three or more
normal annual pelvic and Pap tests in a row, you may need them less often. This
depends on your risk factors for cervical problems and the advice of your
health professional. For more information, see the topic
Vaginal self-exam (VSE) may help you better understand your body,
know what is normal for you, and find early signs of infections or other
abnormal conditions that might require medical attention. But VSE should
supplement but not replace a regular pelvic exam and Pap test done by a health
professional. For more information, see the topic
Vaginal Self-Examination (VSE).
Other Works Consulted
Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis:
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology