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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap smear (cervical smear) is a text looking at the cells from the canal and outside of the cervix to see if any abnormalities (especially ...Read more


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I have had 3 bacterial infections in the last year. Normal pap smear but abnormal bleeding and pain during sex. Bleeding never stops. What's the cause?

I have had 3 bacterial infections in the last year. Normal pap smear but abnormal bleeding and pain during sex. Bleeding never stops. What's the cause?

Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful comment without physical examination and lab tests and imaging, if the latter are needed. Please consult your doctor to avoid further damage to your organs. Any bleeding should be taken seriously. ...Read more

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Can a pap smear cause irregular bleeding?

Can a pap smear cause irregular bleeding?

Yes: Scraping the cervix to do a pap can cause bleeding after the exam. A day later there should be no further bleeding. ...Read more

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I had a pap smear done on Thursday (10/8/15) and during the pap I had a lot of bleeding. What could this mean??

I had a pap smear done on Thursday (10/8/15) and during the pap I had a lot of bleeding. What could this mean??

Bleeding: The most common cause is a friable cervix (bleeds easily) and this can be due to pregnancy, infection, trauma from sex and hormonal changes. Other causes include cervicitis (STD), polyps and the most common cause is idiopathic (meaning no specific reason or cause) ...Read more

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During pap smear- my cervix was bleeding- is it a bad sign?

During pap smear- my cervix was bleeding- is it a bad sign?

Your doc should: Have told u that sometimes it can bleed as long as he didn't see a lesion or tumor then the pap hopefully will be normal, it could come back abnormal, and sometimes bleeding can be from an undiagnosed std like chl or gc so the dco can run those 2 tests with the pap to make sure they are neg. ...Read more

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What causes break through bleeding that stops and starts for a month or more? Last preg test negative and stds test negative and pap smear cleared.

What causes break through bleeding that stops and starts for a month or more? Last preg test negative and stds test negative and pap smear cleared.

Break thru bleeding: If you are on oral birth control you should review with your gyn to change the pill you are taking
If you are not then you still should review with your gyn to have her/him check your hormones ...Read more

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What causes bleeding in between periods? Its not heavy and pap smear and STD tests came out normal.

What causes bleeding in between periods? Its not heavy and pap smear and STD tests came out normal.

Intermenstrual bleed: Bleeding in between periods may be normal in most patients if it if an occasional event. It may be caused by hormonal fluctuations of your body. Polyps and fibroids may also cause spotting. Persistent spotting will need to be checked out. ...Read more

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Bright red light bleeding one week after Pap smear with mild cramps. Post menepasal had irregular pap two years ago one of two strains of hpv?

Bright red light bleeding one week after Pap smear with mild cramps. Post menepasal had irregular pap two years ago one of two strains of hpv?

Pap results: Contact your Obgyn and find out the pap smear results. Since you have tested positive for HPV this is important information. Also ask if any abnormalities were found during your examination. If your cramping continues schedule a follow up exam for testing ...Read more

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On diane-35 for almost 4 yrs, in the past year have had breakthrough bleeding. Sti test came back clear, pap smear aug 2012 clear. Possible cause?

On diane-35 for almost 4 yrs, in the past year have had breakthrough bleeding. Sti test came back clear, pap smear aug 2012 clear. Possible cause?

Further testing: Oral contraceptives are known to cause breakthrough bleeding. I would talk to your gp or obgyn about that and perhaps you will need some more testing done (ultrasound) to determine if there is a cause for that besides that of diane. ...Read more

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At my last pap smear, about 6 months ago. The doctor told me the pap was normal but she stated I should see a specialist because the docotor stated during the exam she could see a tag. What's that? When my husband & I are having sex I have bleeding. What

At my last pap smear, about 6 months ago. The doctor told me the pap was normal but she stated I should see a specialist because the docotor stated during the exam she could see a tag. What's that? When my husband & I are having sex I have bleeding. What

The: The doctor may be referring to a mucosal skin tag or a pedunculated polyp. The best way to address the bleeding during intercourse is to see the specialist as recommended. That provider can determine what it is and provide an appropriate solution. Take care. ...Read more

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Inflamed vagina in pap smear results, milky discharge for 5-10yrs, bleeding after intercourse 5yrs hurts so bad, bleed dark brown at end of period 6yrs, ?

Inflamed vagina in pap smear results, milky discharge for 5-10yrs, bleeding after intercourse 5yrs hurts so bad, bleed dark brown at end of period 6yrs, ?

Need to be examined: There are so many different things this can be from minor conditions to serious ones. You really need to be examined. If you do not get answers...Find a different doctor. ...Read more

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Postcoital bleeding most times wen dry for over a yr, no std, pap smear and pelvic exam are normal, what could be the cause, becoming a bother :/?

Postcoital bleeding most times wen dry for over a yr, no std, pap smear and pelvic exam are normal, what could be the cause, becoming a bother :/?

Lubricant: If you have had a negative pelvic exam this may simply be due to trauma to the mucosal wall of the vagina because of lack of lubrication. There are numerous OTC products available. Check Amazon, CVS, etc. Also, Cosmopolitan magazine has had articles about this. Good luck and I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Poistcoital bleeding, no std, pelvic exam and pap smear are normal only bacterial vaginosis, I don't bleed on second rounds, what is the cause?

Poistcoital bleeding, no std, pelvic exam and pap smear are normal only bacterial vaginosis, I don't bleed on second rounds, what is the cause?

Cervicitis?: Postcoital bleeding often means cervicitis, which often goes along with BV. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas are common causes, but most cervicitis has unknown causes. Ask your doctor if you have cervicitis; about the newer DNA test for trich (the older microscope exam and culture miss many cases); and maybe trying antibiotics. Anyway, keep working on it; the answer shouldn't be difficult. ...Read more

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52years, bulky uterus fibroid at anterior wall of funders, irregular periods, excess bleeding with clots past 20 days, dnc and Pap smear normal.?

52years, bulky uterus fibroid at anterior wall of funders, irregular periods, excess bleeding with clots past 20 days, dnc and Pap smear normal.?

Seek help from Gynec: A gynecologist can try treating this condition with hormonal medication. Otherwise a hysterectomy could be considered as a permanent solution. ...Read more

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Sporadic light intermenstrual bleeding. Not pregnant, no STI, pap smear & pelvic US normal. Could it just be caused by my contraceptive pill?

Sporadic light intermenstrual bleeding. Not pregnant, no STI, pap smear & pelvic US normal. Could it just be caused by my contraceptive pill?

If you are not: Taking the pills at the same time each day or forget to take it then yes you get breakthrough bleeding. Otherwise being on bcp does not necessarily cause bleeding between periods. Other causes such as cervical infections, trauma to the cervix or a polyp of the cervix or a fibroid tumor of the uterus all needs to be checked out. ...Read more

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I have been having irregular bleeding (between periods and after intercourse), painful intercourse, foul watery discharge and cervix bleeds when touched for more than 2 years, haven't had a pap smear in 6 and a half years. Could it be cervical cancer?

I have been having irregular bleeding (between periods and after intercourse), painful intercourse, foul watery discharge and cervix bleeds when touched for more than 2 years, haven't had a pap smear in 6 and a half years. Could it be cervical cancer?

Yes, must be checked: Women who are sexually active cannot go 6 years between Pap smears and Gyn exams. Nor can they wait 2 years while having foul vaginal discharge. Cancer is a possibility, and the most serious one. A doctor's evaluation is needed this week. That means not waiting until next week. Friends and family members should be able to help, if financial or transportation help is needed. ...Read more

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Are you supposed to bleed during a first pap smear?

Are you supposed to bleed during a first pap smear?

No: But it is not uncommon to have some bleeding. There is a graeter chance if you are virginal or nevere had a pap or pelvic exam before. ...Read more

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Does it mean anything if I bleed during my pap smear?

Does it mean anything if I bleed during my pap smear?

Cervix fragile: It is not unusual for a woman to spot or have a little light bleeding when a pap smear is done. This is because some of the cells of the cervix can be fragile, and the brush used in the pap can make those cells bleed. ...Read more

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During pap smear, if dr touches bristols with her bare hands right before inserting to swab the cervix, can that cause abnormal results? Or infection?

During pap smear, if dr touches bristols with her bare hands right before inserting to swab the cervix, can that cause abnormal results? Or infection?

Probably not.: While it's not professional for a doctor to touch the brush with bare hands before doing the test, it won't harm anything. The vagina isn't a sterile place, and the test is looking at cells from your cervix, not for bacteria. Lots of things go into vaginas that aren't sterile. Still, I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to change doctors after that! I hope she had washed her hands first. ...Read more

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I been bleeding for two days after my pap smear what's wrong?

Not sure: It is not uncommon to have some bleeding for a few houres or day after pap. If it continues get checked. A simple relook will go along way to reassuring you everything is ok. ...Read more

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Is it normal to do a pap smear and have bleeding why having it done.

Is it normal to do a pap smear and have bleeding why having it done.

Possible: It is possible that after touching the cervix with a spatulum, a brush, broom, or swabs to obtain a pap smear and/or cultures to test for sexually transmitted infections there is some spotting/bleeding. ...Read more

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I just had a pap smear around 3:00 this afternoon and am currently bleeding pretty heavily. Is this okay?

I just had a pap smear around 3:00 this afternoon and am currently bleeding pretty heavily. Is this okay?

Maybe: Some women will bleed after a PAP smear. It is heavier if one is pregnant or has a polyp or is due for a period or has an infection. I need more info to help you. ...Read more

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Minor bleeding and discharge after pap smear, is this normal?

Minor bleeding and discharge after pap smear, is this normal?

Yes: When doing a pap you scape the cervix which might cause bleeding after the pap. I alway tell people they might have a little spotting a fter the pap, especially when nothing looks abnormal. ...Read more

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After pap smear I am bleeding went to my dr again she said everything looks fine and healthy. But now I'm also bleeding w clots. What's the problem?

After pap smear I am bleeding went to my dr again she said everything looks fine and healthy. But now I'm also bleeding w clots. What's the problem?

Prob form the uterus: If that is happening you need blood work and a pelvic ultrasound assuming your pap did not show anything bad, u hormones may be off or you may have an endometrial abnormalty which can be seen on ultrasound, if anything looks not normal your gyn can do an in office hysteroscopy to look inside the uterus like I do in my office and an endometrial bx if nece. ...Read more

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After I got a pap smear done I've been bleeding, not spotting, but bleeding. Is that normal? This is the first time it happens. What can the problem be

After I got a pap smear done I've been bleeding, not spotting, but bleeding. Is that normal? This is the first time it happens. What can the problem be

It happens: When a pap smear is done the top layer of cells are sort of scraped off. For some this can cause some bleeding. Hopefully you were tested for infection at the same time as your pap. Infection can make bleeding more common. This usually stops in a day or two. If not the schedule a follow up visit. ...Read more

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I got a pap smear yesterday and some spotting started after, I knew it was normal. But it is still going on today, and though I know that some bleeding can continue for 48 hrs I feel that the amount has increased. Although it is not alot you can see a dif

Ans: Well not abnormal to have a small amount of bleeding after a papa. Sounds like you nay be having more than this. Is your period due? Seems as rethought the period may be staring. Check a preg test. Waits few days and see how the bleeding goes ...Read more

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Post menopause. Bleeding after pap smear. Normal or not?

Pap smear bleeding: After menopause, the decreased estrogen makes the mucosa of the cervical area and the lining of the cervix much more delicate and apt to bleed on contact. Pap smears are sometimes the cause of this kind of bleeding. It should stop within a day or so. If it continues, see your provider. ...Read more

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Should I be bleeding heavy after having sex after a pap smear?

It is uncommon: You may have bleeding after pap smear and then having sex but to have heavy bleeding, it is very uncommon. If it does not stop, I encourage you to see your physician. ...Read more

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40 day postpartum checkup but bleeding. Will the doctor do a pap smear?

Pap: I expect that your doctor will do an exam, but not a pap smear. The pap smear cannot be done with blood in the vagina. Pap smears are now suggested on a 3 to 5 year interval on 30 plus year olds, at 3 year intervals from 21 to 30. Hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is safe for me to get a pap smear considering my bleeding disorder and its symptoms?

Please tell me if it is safe for me to get a pap smear considering my bleeding disorder and its symptoms?

Probably: Pap smears are important screening tests for your good health. You don't mention what your bleeding disoder is. If it is a severe disorder, you should talk with your hematologist about how to do this safely. If you have a milder problem like type 1 von willebrand disease or a mild platelet problem, then pap smear is ok. You should let the person performing the pap smear know about your disorder. ...Read more

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I'm still spotting from having a Pap smear five days ago. The bleeding has been the heaviest today. Is that normal?

I'm still spotting from having a Pap smear five days ago. The bleeding has been the heaviest today. Is that normal?

Irregular bleeding: Irregular bleeding is one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Had a pap smear 5 days ago and I have been bleeding ever since then today 5th day and chunky already had period early this month. What could it be?

Had a pap smear 5 days ago and I have been bleeding ever since then today 5th day and chunky already had period early this month. What could it be?

Pap causes bleeding: Just getting a pap smear can stir up some bleeding. The brushes we use are a little rough. I would normally expect it to pass in a couple of days, so 5 days seems a little unusual. But as long as it's tapering off, I wouldn't worry. Follow up with your gyn to be sure the pap was normal, and mention the bleeding when you call. S/he may have a better idea of why this is happening to you. ...Read more

Cervical Smear (Definition)

A cervical smear or pap smear is a text looking at cells from the outside and canal of the cervi to see if ...Read more


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