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does a pap smear hurt?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: A good pelvic examiner can perform a pap smear with little or no discomfort.
Answered on Mar 16, 2014
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Dr. Susan Almquist
15 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No.: Most patients shouldn't have pain from the pap smear or the exam. Patients may be uncomfortable from the speculum which allows us to see the cervix, but the test itself should be quick and not painful.
Answered on Feb 28, 2013

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