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I have a copper T that I know is in place as I just went for a Pap smear. My period is 3 days late with a negative pregnancy test. What’s wrong?

I have a copper T that I know is in place as I just went for a Pap smear. My period is 3 days late with a negative pregnancy test. What’s wrong?

Late period: A urine ("home") pregnancy test can be negative at this point. If your period does not occur in the next week, obtain a serum HCG test (much more accurate). Your period may be delayed secondary to a delay in ovulation, which begins to be more common in one's mid thirties on. IUD's , especially the "copper T" are excellent for birth control, but not 100%. ...Read more

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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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Is it normal to see endometrial tissue on a pap smear right after period ends?

Is it normal to see endometrial tissue on a pap smear right after period ends?

it is normal, howeve: Exfoliated endometrial cells are commonly seen in specimens, obtained during the proliferative phase of the menstrual cycle. However, endometrial cells have been considered a potential harbinger of endometrial adenocarcinoma when seen in cervical/vaginal cytology preparations of postmenopausal woman. In a woman 40 years old or older endometrial cells should be reported and follow up need. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a pap smear cause a light period?

Not a period...: But a pap smear can cause a small amount of bleeding. A brush and wooden 'spatula' are used to obtain cells from the cervix and os (the opening in the cervix to the uterus). 'scraping' this area for cells can cause some irritation and minor bleeding for a couple of days. ...Read more

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Im 350 pounds will the doctor give me a pap smear im having irregular period?

Im 350 pounds will the doctor give me a pap smear im having irregular period?

Well : Irregular menstrual bleeding can have several causes ,pregnancy infection hormones or changes in your estrogen level being obese. See your doctor for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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Can you still get a pap smear if just started your period? Very light, didn't even fill one pad today.

Can you still get a pap smear if just started your period? Very light, didn't even fill one pad today.

Yes: Should be okay, especially if a liquid-based pap smear vial is used (not a slide). You may want to check with your doctor's office, because some may have a policy regarding this. ...Read more

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Can you still get a Pap smear when I have my period? Or should I reschedule my appointment. Will it mess with results and hpv test? It would be the very end of my period?

Pap smear:period?: Pap smears done properly will be OK even with your period. Most women do not like to visit their gyn when having a period, so just wait until it is over, and reschedule until then. ...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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My period ended 15 days ago Today I'm mildly cramping & spotting I'm not on any birth control I had a Pap smear 2 days after my period ended. normal?

My period ended 15 days ago Today I'm mildly cramping & spotting I'm not on any birth control I had a Pap smear 2 days after my period ended. normal?

Some do: Cramping mid cycle is often attributed to a small amount of blood released during egg release. In is not usually accompanied by spotting, which may be anotheer issue.Some are sensitive enough to notice, some do not. If it becomes bothersome, the pill prevents the egg release and ends the problem. Some just use some Aleave or ibuprofen for the discomfort. ...Read more

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Can I have pap smears while on my period?

Can I have pap smears while on my period?

Yes: If the bleeding is excessively heavy, it may interfere with the reading but with newer pap preps this is usually not a problem. ...Read more

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How long after your period should you do a pap smear?

How long after your period should you do a pap smear?

Avoid bleeding : Blood from your monthly menses can interfere with your pap results. Therefore, most physicians prefer to perform a pap test when a woman is not bleeding heavily. I would recommend any time during the month but avoiding the first 3-4 days of the start of your period if possible. ...Read more

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What happens if you get pap smear and you just started your period?

What happens if you get pap smear and you just started your period?

Not ideal: Ideally, pap tests should be done while a woman is not on her period as blood can interfere with the reading especially if you are bleeding heavily. With that said, a little blood is usually fine and usually will not affect the results. ...Read more

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Could getting a pap smear done to tell me why i don't have a period anymore?

Could getting a pap smear done to tell me why i don't have a period anymore?

No: PAP smear is not an appropriate test for lack of periods. Secondary ammenorrhea is usually due to hormonal changes and blood tests may be needed. See this site for information on this topic. http://www.webmd.boots.com/women/tc/amenorrhoea-causes-of-absent-periods ...Read more

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Started pill 3 weeks ago have just started period again 2nd time in 6 weeks Pap smear was normal. Usually very regular what's going on?

Started pill 3 weeks ago have just started period again 2nd time in 6 weeks Pap smear was normal. Usually very regular what's going on?

Irreg. bleeding:OCPs: The most common reason for irregular bleeding on the oral contraceptive pills is not taking the pill within an hour of taking the last one the previous evening. Breakthough bleeding occurs with the very low dose pills now in use, so it is important to take close to the same time of the day before. Get a serum HCG test to be certain you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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Missed december period, also recent pap smear came back abnormal. I have taken 2 test, both were a negative result. What could be the cause?

Stress?: That's the most common reason women skip periods from time to time. Other causes include eating disorders, thyroid disease, elevated prolactin hormone levels, excessive exercise, medications and a few other causes. ...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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Can period blood mess up the results of a pap smear?

Not the result: If period blood is present and interferes with the collection of cells from the cervix, the lab will report that the specimen cannot be interpreted. ...Read more

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Can being on your period affect your pap smear results?

Can being on your period affect your pap smear results?

Yes: If the period is somewhat heavy, the blood can interfere with the ability to read the pap smear well, and may need to be repeated. With the newer liquid based smears, this is less likely to be a problem. ...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?

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 had a pap smear done 2 days ago and on day 21 of my cycle. Is it normal to spot 2 days later or is it my next period?

Your GYN: Should have told you that you can have some spotting after a pap, if it persisit have them recheck you a pap would not normally make your period come earlier and make sure your pap was normal. ...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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I weigh 257lbs and am 5'7 i don't get a regular period the longest has been 4 years. I have had a pap smear and everything was normal. Your thoughts?

My thoughts: Must be obvious to you. Your serious overweight is clearly the answer. Unfortunately the hypothalamus (a computer in the brain) is part of the cause because of biochemical changes in it. The worst dietary offender is sugar in all its forms and even sweeteners. ...Read more

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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

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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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The last period I had came the day after a Pap smear. It was a week early, short but heavy. Now all my ovulation tests are coming back negative?

Nothing Wrong: The Pap likely had nothing to do with this; most likely, your 'corpus luteal cyst' failed, and your period is early. This small cyst is normal, every cycle, and is where the ovum/egg was growing, preparing for ovulation. Could have been a blighted ovum in the first place. You'll have to wait for next month! ...Read more

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My last period ended June 6 and i am yet to see it. I did a pap smear June 22. i have never missed a period it is always on time what can be wrong?

My last period ended June 6 and i am yet to see it. I did a pap smear June 22.  i have never missed a period it is always on time what can be wrong?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are 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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I am a 53 year old woman I have not had a period fro 15 months I have brown discharge, my last pap smear which was a little over a year ago was fine. ?

Sometimes that: Can happen, but the brown discharge is probably some old blood from a light bleed vs infection, u need to see your gyn for an exam, cultures and a pelvic ultrasound to check the endometrial thickness. ...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?

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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Normal pap smear in 2012. Blood on swab when done today. Is this a cause for concern? No spotting between periods and period isn't due for two weeks

No cause for worry: Please wait to worry. Let your doctor guide you once the results of the pap smear are available. Please follow it up with him/her to find out the cause of bleeding...It could be simply due to some trauma during the procedure. Look out for any future bleeding/spotting. Nothing immediate to worry about unless the doctor can see a growth around the cervix area where the smear was taken from. ...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 v light period last month which lasted for 14 days . I'm now having the problem again. Could i be pregnant? I also had a pap smear in early May

I had v light period last month which lasted for 14 days . I'm now having the problem again. Could i be pregnant? I also had a pap smear in early May

Depends: Did you have unprotected sex? Did you miss a period? If yes to both, do a home pregnancy test. If it is negative, repeat it in 5-7 days. If you are not sure of your expected menstrual date, you may need to do the test 2-3 times after a week each. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...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