Patients should refrain from using over-the-counter lubricants and vaginal medications 48 hours prior to the collection of any Pap sample.
The cervical specimen must be obtained under direct vision after introduction of the speculum. Use of lubricants is not recommended when collecting a specimen. If lubricant must be used, it should be carbomer free and applied aparingly on the outer portion of the speculum.
Additional patient Information Needed:
If you have collected a biopsy (cervical, vaginal, cervical polyp, etc.) and a ThinPrep® pap specimen on a patient on the same day, in order to facilitate correlation of the results of ThinPrep® pap tests and biopsy specimens, the ThinPrep® specimen should be submitted in a STAT Biohazard specimen bag to allow prioritization of the pap test.
Ambient - 6 weeks