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can you get a pap smear while spotting

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience Fertility Medicine
No reason not: Sure you can. If you are bleeding heavily enough, you might call the office to see if they want you to reschedule the pap - but bleeding that heavy is ... Read More

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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Blazar
61 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Very common: No worry unless it lasts more than a day or two.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
Maybe just ok...: Give at least one week to pass by and i would not worry as long as getting better and better day by day. If any doubt, see and talk with profession ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
NO: the most accurate PAP should be performed when you are NOT BLEEDING
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vinod Shidham
Specializes in Pathology
Annual is best.: Many guidelines are recommended (sadly recommends less frequent that annual pap to avoid overtreatment). If you can afford (and prevent overtreatme ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Daus
36 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pap Smear: This depends on when your last pap smear was taken, your age, and the results of your last pap smear. Most doctors like to have a current normal pap ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sometimes: If the hpv virus does not change the cellular content of the pap smear then it will be reported as negative even though it was present. Many pap labs ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chevies Newman
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: If virginal you will not have cellular abnormalities of the cervix. If concerned about a pap, politely decline and tell the doc you want to be on the ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Major
35 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No it will not: A Pap smear is just a screening test for cervical cancer. It is a sampling of the cells from your cervix. It will, in no way, prevent you from getting ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maxine Lingurar
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sometimes...: During pregnancy there can be inflammation which can be interpreted as an abnormality by the pathologist. Sometimes women who carry the hpv virus can ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Often yes: Many doctors will prescribe various forms of contraception without doing a pelvic exam in healthy low risk patients.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Diedrich
13 years experience Gynecology
Age 21: The first pap should be done at age 21 regardless of whether someone is a virgin or not. You can get cervical cancer without ever having sex (it is ve ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Depends: age, nl pap: According to the american college of ob/gyne, pap smears should begin at age 21, then every 2 yrs ages 21-29. Women 30 and older, if 3 normal yearly p ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Yes: An abnormal pap smear is not a contraindication for pregnancy. You should continue to have testing on a regular basis and follow the advice of your d ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
There are other...: ...Causes of cervical cancer, besides hpv. Both the american cancer society and the the american college of obstetricians & gynecologists recommend th ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Age 21.: The most recent recommendations are that women should start getting a pap smear at age 21. You can have a pap smear every other year in your 20's if t ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If you are pregnant: Having sex will not make you pregnant again. However, being pregnant will not protect you from getting a sexually transmitted disease. Unless your o ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
No: When taking cultures one is looking for specific sources of infection such as bacteria or fungi. A pap smear looks for defective uterine cells.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: This is a misconception. If you wonder whether you are pregnant, it's easy enough to test.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
It could happen: Because almost everybody is supposed to get routine screenings for STD's, it becomes so "normal" to do it for almost all patients that it would be eas ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Miller
40 years experience Pathology
More often: Regular breast examinations don't detect all breast cancers early, but they do find some. You don't want to avoud such examinations except for the in ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sameer Gupta
17 years experience Medical Oncology
Unlikely : Unless pap is grossly abnormal (because of many reasons).
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Diedrich
13 years experience Gynecology
Need more info: Depending on when your last pap was and if you ever have had any abnormal pap smears, you may need one. If they have all been normal (or negative) you ... Read More

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