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.

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

Yes. There are several causes for bleeding after sexual intercourse and depending on the age group, the reasons are different. Nevertheless, this must evaluated by your gynecologist. Read more...
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...

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...
Should not be. The pelvic exam and pap smear usually involves minimal discomfort even for a women who is not sexually active. If it is painful, there may be something wrong and the exam could reveal the problem and lead to treatment. Read more...

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...

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?

Irreg. Pap smear. You may be contageous if you have an infection with hpv. There are many types of hpv virus. Read more...
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...

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...
Very uncommon. First of all, having sex does not cause cervical cancer. The virus that can go on to lead cervical cancer can be passed by sex as well as any other type of skin to skin contact. Other things that increase risk of cervical cancer are: smoking, herpes infection, HIV infection and not getting pap smears as recommended by your gyn. Cervical cancer is more common in the 35-45 year old age group. Read more...

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...