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Can i get a pap smear test done a day after my period is done?

Can i get a pap smear test done a day after my period is done?

Yes: Yes, you can have a pap smear done at that time. I would recommend that you have a liquid based pap test and not a conventional pap smear at that time of your cycle because it allows us to remove any remaining excess blood and make sure the cells are preserved well for the best detection of any possible abnormal cells. ...Read more

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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I had a pap smear 2 days ago. I started my period that night. It pushed up my period a week ahead. Is that normal?

I had a pap smear 2 days ago. I started my period that night. It pushed up my period a week ahead. Is that normal?

No: A pap test do not make your period come on earlier. It's possible that you had bleeding from cervical irritation as a consequence of 'scraping' the cervix in doing the pap test. ...Read more

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I schedule my pap smear last week for this tuesday and i and getting my period the day before should I reschedule my my pap smear?

Ask your gynecologis: Your gynecologist needs to be informed about your period. It probably would not matter to do a pap test. Yet she/he can assist your better. ...Read more

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8 months pp, my period this month is a dark brown with some bleeding. I had a pap smear earlier this month and everything was good. Why is that?

Breastfeeding?: If you are breastfeeding than periods can be irregular like this. If you stopped breastfeeding and having normal periods up until now, this can still be normal. Likely due to hormonal changes. Pap smears are screenings for cervical cancer. And bleeding is almost always coming from inside your uterus. Sometimes, but rarely, they are the same. Keep an eye on your bleeding and call md if worried. ...Read more

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Hi. I''ve recently had a pap smear on Monday. I started my period Wednesday. But for some reason it is extremely heavy. (I've never experienced this) I woke up three times in the night to change because it was so heavy. Is this normal?

Hi. I''ve recently had a pap smear on Monday. I started my period Wednesday. But for some reason it is extremely heavy. (I've never experienced this) I woke up three times in the night to change because it was so heavy. Is this normal?

Unrelated: A PAP test should not cause heavy bleeding. It would be prudent for you to take oral iron supplement and multivitamin to prevent iron deficiency and anemia due to excessive blood loss. It this pattern persists for more than two periods, it would be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 36 years old my last pap smear was 2 months ago and normal . I've been spotting 4 days now after my period.Never happened before ?

Keep a log: Keep a menstrual log for 3 months to help identify the exact nature, interval and amount of spotting. If the pattern continues for the specified period of time present yourself and the log to a gyn md for analysis. ...Read more

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I got a pap smear done yesterday and today I have been discharging a yellowish color is that normal...I should start my period tomorrow is that why?

Normal : Discharge after a pap smear is not uncommon. It doesn't so much have to do with the onset of your cycle. I would only get it checked if it persisted after your cycle is over. ...Read more

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I had a Pap smear and bled a couple days after(not my period) and haven't gotten my period this month just light spotting. Can a Pap smear affect this?

I had a Pap smear and bled a couple days after(not my period) and haven't gotten my period this month just light spotting. Can a Pap smear affect this?

Possible: When you do a Pap test you scrap the cervix and this can cause bleeding, but will not disrupt your period. Since you haven't really had a period then you could be pregnant and should be tested ...Read more

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I have my gyno checkup the same week as my period next week. Should I start my new pack of pills so my Pap smear results aren't altered?

I have my gyno checkup the same week as my period next week. Should I start my new pack of pills so my Pap smear results aren't altered?

You can: Yes, I would just stay on the active pills of the BCP pack and that way avoid your menses at that time. Do not take the sugar pills or placebo pills at the end of the first pack and just skip right to the active pills of the second pack. You can do this anytime you want to avoid having your menses (i.e. for a vacation). The liquid based Pap smears are not affected by light bleeding though. ...Read more

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I went for a Pap smear 3 weeks ago. My period is now 2 weeks late. The doctor just phoned today and told me to come in. In freaking out. What is wrong?

You should speak wit: Most doctors are willing to speak to the patient if you make a call to his office. Tell them how you feel about waiting without knowing. If you are firm with the receptionist,, she will let you speak with your doctor or his nurse and find the reason for asking you to come back to his/her office. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex a day after a pap smear, im having yellowish discharge no odor (but also was on my period few days later) why?

I had unprotected sex a day after a pap smear, im having yellowish discharge no odor (but also was on my period few days later) why?

Hormonal imbalance: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or an IUD. Consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I just got my first Pap smear yesterday I'm 23 and a virgin now I'm seeing blood but how do I know if it's my period or did the doctor break my hyme?

I just got my first Pap smear yesterday I'm 23 and a virgin now I'm seeing blood  but how do I know if it's my period or did the doctor break my hyme?

Pap Smear: it is not unusual to have a small amount of bleeding after a Pap smear. Sometimes the cervix bleeds a little when it is brushed or scraped. This is usually apparent when the pap is done. I usually tell my patients at the time to expect a little spotting. If it is persistent or becomes like a period then you need to contact your doctor. Hymen was not broken. ...Read more

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Had pap smear done yesterday. told I had slight discharge and blood. Im not close to my period, I had sex the day before. Could it be a latex reation?

Had pap smear done yesterday.  told I had slight discharge and blood. Im not close to my period, I had sex the day before. Could it be a latex reation?

Sex + exam= contents: You have two vaginal entries including a pap smear scraping and intercourse which can cause the discharge that you noted. It is NOT a latex reaction. ...Read more

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I have NOT had my period in 15 years can I become pregnant, last gyno visit 2013 for pap smear, results negative 51 years of age?

I have NOT had my period in 15 years can I become pregnant, last gyno visit 2013 for pap smear, results negative   51 years of age?

Very unlikely: There are a few documented cases of women over 50 conceiving naturally, but virtually all have had regular periods in the recent past. Most of the remaining have become pregnant with the help of various fertility treatments. Can you become pregnant? Possibly but, given your menstrual history, it's unlikely even with reproductive assistance. Sorry. ...Read more

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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


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