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I had a pap smear 3 days ago the first day I had spotting but the next 2 I have been having heavy bleeding. I have POS should I be concerned?

I had a pap smear 3 days ago the first day I had spotting but the next 2 I have been having heavy bleeding. I have POS should I be concerned?

Post Pap bleeding: At 34 there are many women who have chronic inflammation of the cervix (entrance to the womb) from where a pap smear is taken. The inflamed area can cause persistent bleeding, but should resolve. If the bleeding continues, go back to the provider who performed the pap smear and have an exam. ...Read more

Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Heavy Bleeding (Definition)

Usually described by physicians as having to change a pad more than every 1-2 hours, passing large clots, change from your previous pattern, needing overnight protection, ...Read more


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I had a pap smear yesterday and the doctor said my cervix was a little irretated. Then I have had heavy bleeding all day today. Is this normal? Or sho

I had a pap smear yesterday and the doctor said my cervix was a little irretated. Then I have had heavy bleeding all day today. Is this normal? Or sho

Not normal: Pap smear not associated with vaginal bleeding. If exam of cervix showed irritation there is always possibility of in-situ lesion of cervix but bx needed for dx. Blleeding if not obvious on cervical exam suggests origin from endometrium. Sonogram of uterus to see lining and possible bx of endometrium to see if that is site of blood. ...Read more

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I had a pap smear yesterday and the doctor said my cervix was a little irritated. Then I have had heavy bleeding all day today. Should I be worried?

I had a pap smear yesterday and the doctor said my cervix was a little irritated. Then I have had heavy bleeding all day today. Should I be worried?

Not uncommon: When the pap smear was done the MD probably noted cervical redness and inflammation with blood vessels visible on the cervical surface. A pap smear involves cervical "scraping" which can in of itself produce bleeding post procedure, let alone when the surface blood vessels are present and easily interrupted. ...Read more

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

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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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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I have an IUD inserted in may, I stopped spotting last month. I got a pap smear on tues and I haven't stopped heavily bleeding. Is this normal?

I have an IUD inserted in may, I stopped spotting last month. I got a pap smear on tues and I haven't stopped heavily bleeding. Is this normal?

No: You need to call your ob/gyn quickly - you may have had some movement or irritation to the iud during the pap.

If something was biopsied during the pap, then you may bleed, but biopsies are not a routine part of a pap smear. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to be bleeding heavily (heavier than any period) following a first time annual exam? No Pap smear was done, and it's been over 24 hour

Is it dangerous to be bleeding heavily (heavier than any period) following a first time annual exam? No Pap smear was done, and it's been over 24 hour

Likely unrelated: You annual examination and heavier period are probably unrelated. If it becomes a recurring issue, you should consult your doctor. You may take oral iron and multivitamin supplement to prevent iron deficiency and anemia.
Unrelated to your question; take HPV vaccination, practice safe sex. ...Read more

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4 days ago I had a pap smear there is still a small amount of bleeding (like heavy spotting) & mild cramps. Do I need to notify my doctor?

Not at this time: Now after a pap smear it is ok to experience light spotting. Also you may also be very close to starting you menstrual cycle, so I would recommend taking some over the counter medications such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen and if your problems continue for over 1 week then contact your doctor. ...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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I have adenomyosis with heavy bleeding w/clots that soak through my clothes. Pap smear had endometrial cells. Could this be a sign of cancer?

I have adenomyosis with heavy bleeding w/clots that soak through my clothes. Pap smear had endometrial cells. Could this be a sign of cancer?

Not cancer: Endometrial cells on pap is not a sign of cancer. Adenomyosis can explain heavy bleeding and cramping, but doesn't rule out cancer. Make certain your concerns and communication with your doctor is very good. ...Read more

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Had postmenopause bleeding. Tvu showed 6mm lining 10mm ovary cyst. Recent d&c clear. Pap smear ok. Now have pelvic pain and weight loss. What is this?

Had postmenopause bleeding. Tvu showed 6mm lining 10mm ovary cyst. Recent d&c clear. Pap smear ok. Now have pelvic pain and weight loss. What is this?

Need further work up: It is hard to say. As women we have many organs in our pelvis. It may be gynecologic or it could be related to your urinary or gastrointestinal tract. Either way keep following up with your doctors. ...Read more

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I had my pap smear the 26th and started bleeding the next morning still bleeding its not heavy unless I wipe, is this normal?? I'm about 3-4 weeks and this is my 2nd pregnancy I didn't do this with my first I'm a little crampy in my back and lower belly

I had my pap smear the 26th and started bleeding the next morning still bleeding its not heavy unless I wipe, is this normal?? I'm about 3-4 weeks and this is my 2nd pregnancy I didn't do this with my first I'm a little crampy in my back and lower belly

Yes: Pap smears can traumatize the cervix sufficiently to cause slight bleeding for a couple of days. Cramping is also common, and every pregnancy is different. It is also possible that this represents early signs of a miscarriage but this seems less likely. ...Read more

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

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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Bleeding after pap smear went to the bathroom to urinate after wiping saw some light bleeding

Bleeding after pap smear went to the bathroom to urinate after wiping saw some light bleeding

Not uncommon: This is fairly common. We as gynecologists try to be extra careful but inevitably there may be some trauma to the vagina during an exam. In addition, a pap test can actually elicit a small amount of bleeding from the cervix itself. Do not be alarmed if there is some spotting or even light bleeding. It should stop after a few days. If you experience heavy bleeding, see your doctor immediately. ...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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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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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

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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?

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

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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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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I got a pap smear done this past Tuesday and I'm still bleeding. Only when I wipe is when I see the blood. Not much on the pad at all. Infection?

I got a pap smear done this past Tuesday and I'm still bleeding. Only when I wipe is when I see the blood. Not much on the pad at all. Infection?

No: The Pap brush/spatula can trigger some bleeding from the cervix, sound like it is light, it typically subsides and resolves on its own. However, if ti continues for more than a week, report it to your provider and follow their advice. ...Read more

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Did pap smear yesterday, inflamed & bleeding cervix. Will go back after a week. Is there any medication I can take to stop my cervix from bleeding??

Treat locally: Once a lesion of the cervix starts bleeding the chance is that it will not stop spontaneously. One could apply laser treatment to stop it or else some form of cauterization. The easiest way however is to have your physician place a clotting substance such as surgicell against the cervix which should cause enough clotting to stop any further bleeding. ...Read more

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