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A 33-year-old female asked:

Is there any concern for a false negative result for a pap test while on your period? it was a very light flow because it was the first day. i had a abnormal pap the year before after my csection. could red blood cells mask abnormal cells? thin prep?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
I think it would be up to your physician or gynecologist who performed the Pap smear to determine whether the specimen on the slide would be acceptable. When we take a Pap smear from the cervix we inspect the specimen on the glass slide closely before submitting it.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Most laboratories use a process that neutralizes the red cells and minor blood contamination will not affect the PAP results. For healthy diet: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/., exercise 30 minutes/day, drink enough water daily so your urine is mostly colorless, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. Get HPV and Covid vaccines. Wish you good health!
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Last updated Mar 31, 2021


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