Genital sampling

To be performed outside the time of menstruation, and if no personal lubricants, cream or vaginal ovules have been used (in the latter case, await 48h minimum)

  • Use a cytobrush, provided by the laboratory
  • The collection must take place around the orifice of the cervix (the interior and exterior of the cervix)
  • Collect by friction, rotating the cytobrush in the one sole direction
  • Smear the sample onto the labeled slide and fix the sample immediately (before it is air-dried) using a cytology spray fixative or hairspray (normal hairspray, no dry hair spray due to the oil conent)
  • Hold the fixative about 25 cm away from the slide

Once fixed, the smear can be kept for a few days.

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