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Is a pap smear safe during pregnancy?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Yes: Pap smears are safe in pregnancy and they are recommended at the first prenatal visit if it has been more than a year since your last pap. Sometimes they will cause spotting afterwards because the cervix is more easily irritated during pregnancy. This is common and usually stops within 24 hours.
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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 45 years experience
Yes: The pap smear takes superficial cells from the outside of the cervix and first part of the canal. Sometimes, for various reasons, the cervical canal may bleed after the test has been done, but this bleeding does not mean that the pregnancy is threatened and does not by any means necessarily mean that there is a problem with your cervix.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

Can a pap smear detect a pregnancy?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 30 years experience
Detecting Pregnancy: A pelvic exam and the visual part of a pap smear can clue the doctor into asking if you could be pregnant. The pap part of the exam, the scraping of the cervix has no ability to tell if one is pregnant. That is not what the pap smear is for.
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