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Factors Affecting Pap Smear Test

Posted Nov 18 2010 12:00am

There are factors to be considered when making the pap smear test1. Menstrual Blood

2. Dried Out Cells: This is due to not applying the preservative to the slide immediately after the cells of the cervix are spread on it.

3. Douching, Use of vaginal lubricants and medications: This may wash away or coat the cells on the surface of the cervix.

4. Inadequate Cell sample: Your doctor may not remove an adequate sample of the abnormal area of the cervix, or the sample may contain too few cells, which may give a false-negative test result.
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