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Is it okay to have sexual intercourse the night before a pap smear test?

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Dr. Rebecca Gray
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: No

A pap smear is a sample of the cells from the cervix and is used to screen for cervical cancer.
It is best not to have intercourse the night before your exam because semen and other fluids may cause an abnormal test result resulting in unnecessary anxiety and further testing. Ideally, paps should be performed mid-cycle and avoid having anything in the vagina for 1-2 days prior to the exam.

In brief: No

A pap smear is a sample of the cells from the cervix and is used to screen for cervical cancer.
It is best not to have intercourse the night before your exam because semen and other fluids may cause an abnormal test result resulting in unnecessary anxiety and further testing. Ideally, paps should be performed mid-cycle and avoid having anything in the vagina for 1-2 days prior to the exam.
Dr. Rebecca Gray
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Having sex does not affect a pap smear and the sperm will not affect a pap smear.

In brief: Yes

Having sex does not affect a pap smear and the sperm will not affect a pap smear.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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