13 doctors weighed in:

Is it safe to get a pap test while pregnant?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes you can get a pap smear while pregnant if you are due for one.
After about 12 weeks we don't perform the canal brush part of the pap smear, just the outside spatula swipe.

In brief: Yes

Yes you can get a pap smear while pregnant if you are due for one.
After about 12 weeks we don't perform the canal brush part of the pap smear, just the outside spatula swipe.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Thank
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It is safe to get a pap smear during pregnancy in fact it is recommended that you do if if your pap smear is not up to date.

In brief: Yes

It is safe to get a pap smear during pregnancy in fact it is recommended that you do if if your pap smear is not up to date.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Thank
Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

The pap test looks for early changes to the cervix.
These changes are usually caused by hpv, a virus that can cause cervical cancer. During a pap test we sample the cells that are coming off your cervix. You may have some spotting after a pap test but they are completely safe. The bleeding is from the cervix outside the uterus not from your pregnancy.

In brief: Yes

The pap test looks for early changes to the cervix.
These changes are usually caused by hpv, a virus that can cause cervical cancer. During a pap test we sample the cells that are coming off your cervix. You may have some spotting after a pap test but they are completely safe. The bleeding is from the cervix outside the uterus not from your pregnancy.
Dr. Megan Bird
Dr. Megan Bird
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Scott Kramer
Great answer to common concern (voiced and silent)
Dr. Jose Bolanos
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Doing a pap smear as a cervical cancer screening is routine with every pregnancy and is done at the first visit.
It is safe and it does not hurt. It is an important test that can save your life because pre-cancer or dysplasia is very treatable.

In brief: Yes

Doing a pap smear as a cervical cancer screening is routine with every pregnancy and is done at the first visit.
It is safe and it does not hurt. It is an important test that can save your life because pre-cancer or dysplasia is very treatable.
Dr. Jose Bolanos
Dr. Jose Bolanos
Thank
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Safe, and very important!

In brief: Yes

Safe, and very important!
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Thank
Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Yes, it is safe to have a pap test during pregnancy.
This is a noninvasive test that poses no risk to the pregnancy.

In brief: Yes

Yes, it is safe to have a pap test during pregnancy.
This is a noninvasive test that poses no risk to the pregnancy.
Dr. Alysia Townsend
Dr. Alysia Townsend
Thank
Dr. Andrew Silverman
Fertility Medicine

In brief: Yes

It is safe to get a pap test in pregnancy, but it may cause some minor bleeding which will eventually stop.
It causes no harm to the baby.

In brief: Yes

It is safe to get a pap test in pregnancy, but it may cause some minor bleeding which will eventually stop.
It causes no harm to the baby.
Dr. Andrew Silverman
Dr. Andrew Silverman
Thank
Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

The pap test is a part of normal prenatal screening.

In brief: Yes

The pap test is a part of normal prenatal screening.
Dr. Craig Keathley
Dr. Craig Keathley
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
49M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors