Top
10
Doctor insights on: Is It Okay To Have Sexual Intercourse The Night Before A Pap Smear Test

Share
1

1
Is it okay to have sexual intercourse the night before a pap smear test?

Is it okay to have sexual intercourse the night before a pap smear test?

No: A pap smear is a sample of the cells from the cervix and is used to screen for cervical cancer. It is best not to have intercourse the night before your exam because semen and other fluids may cause an abnormal test result resulting in unnecessary anxiety and further testing. Ideally, paps should be performed mid-cycle and avoid having anything in the vagina for 1-2 days prior to the exam. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer

Sexual Intercourse (Definition)

Couples often worry about having sex during pregnancy. They may be afraid that having sex could cause a miscarriage or harm the baby. It is best to talk to your doctor or nurse midwife about your specific situation to make sure you are considered at low risk for complications such a ...Read more


2

2
Bleeding and spotting after sexual intercourse? Do I need a pap smear?

Bleeding and spotting after sexual intercourse? Do I need a pap smear?

See your doctor: Such bleeding is not normal and you should consult your doctor. Pap may be one of the tests, but you may need additional investigation. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
Would having a pap smear be painful? I haven't had sexual intercourse in a long time.

Would having a pap smear be painful? I haven't had sexual intercourse in a long time.

No: Having a pap smear should never be painful in a healthy person. Not having sexual intercourse for awhile may make the test uncomfortable for some people but tell your doctor your fears and the exam should be more comfortable. In women with active vaginal infection or other health issues, the exam may be painful for those reasons. Lack of sexual activity is never a reason to not have annual exams. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
I am 25 year old female. I have severely painful sexual intercourse that burns. I've had a pap-smear recently show no infections. what else can it be?

I am 25 year old female. I have severely painful sexual intercourse that burns. I've had a pap-smear recently show no infections. what else can it be?

Vag dilatation: Dyspareunia or painful intercourse might be incomplete dilatation of the vagina causing neurological pressure, infection which has been ruled out here and dryness of vagina. In latter instance surub should be u to minimize friction and if needed vaginal dilatation to minimize severe pressure on penile entry. Emotional problems may also add to symptoms. ...Read more

6

6
I had slightly irregular results to my pap smear. However, i got the HPV vaccine many years ago. Am i contagious when it comes to sexual intercourse?

I had slightly irregular results to my pap smear. However, i got the HPV vaccine many years ago. Am i contagious when it comes to sexual intercourse?

HPV: If the cervical changes were due to hpv this can be communicated to a sexual partner. The vaccine does not provide protection against all strains, but most of those causing cancer are included. No vaccine is 100% effective. Discuss this with your gynecologist. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
A doctor on here asked me why I had a Pap smear test done at 18... Aren't you supposed to have a Pap smear done once you're sexually active?

A doctor on here asked me why I had a Pap smear test done at 18... Aren't you supposed to have a Pap smear done once you're sexually active?

Recommendations: The recommendation guidelines were revised in 2006 to recommend initiation 3 years after the onset of sexual activity or age 21, whichever comes first. The former recommended age to start screening with pap smear was 18. This may be the cause for confusion. Thanks for following up and for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

9

9
How common is cervical cancer for a 25 year old who has never had a pap smear? I have engaged in sexual activity but have not had intercourse.

Uncommon: Most cervical cancers are due to infection with a virus, human papiloma virus (hpv) which is usually acquired through sexual intercourse. Oral sex can transmit hpv and using condom is not protective either. You are too young to have cervical cancer, but i would strongly urge you to seek care for preventive services, including hpv vaccine, though you may have missed the recommended age for vaccine. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
I leak sperms immediately after intercourse with my husband and am afraid is due to a pap smear test I had some time back?

I leak sperms immediately after intercourse with my husband and am afraid is due to a pap smear test I had some time back?

Here are some...: What you observed and reported is "normally" expected since something in gets to have something to flow out according to the law of liquidity & gravitation. And such should not be related with recent/ prior PAP smear test. What is your concern? Fertility? Seek evaluation & counseling timely for specific "worry". ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
901 doctors shared insights

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