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Days 10-20: Peaks in the hormones estrogen and progesterone cause cervical mucus to be at its thinnest at this time, which can improve the clarity of a cell sample. (The Pap test examines cervical cells for abnormalities and/or changes, including potentially cancerous ones.) "But more important, this is when cervical cells are very mature and easier to read under a microscope," says Diane Solomon, MD, a cytopathologist at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.
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