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Is a pap smear safe during pregnancy?

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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.

Answered 9/7/2018

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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.

Answered 9/28/2016

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