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.
Better to delay. Using the current methods for pap preparation, most of the debris is removed, however, it would be preferable to delay the pap while there is active bleeding.

Related Questions

I have my gyno checkup the same week as my period next week. Should I start my new pack of pills so my Pap smear results aren't altered?

You can. Yes, I would just stay on the active pills of the BCP pack and that way avoid your menses at that time. Do not take the sugar pills or placebo pills at the end of the first pack and just skip right to the active pills of the second pack. You can do this anytime you want to avoid having your menses (i.e. for a vacation). The liquid based Pap smears are not affected by light bleeding though. Read more...

I have NOT had my period in 15 years can I become pregnant, last gyno visit 2013 for pap smear, results negative 51 years of age?

Unlikely. Very unlikely. But since you are worried do a home pregnancy test to ease your mind. If you have had unprotected sex and fear getting pregnant, then you also get checked for STD 's, because that is more likely than pregnancy Do you have any symptoms that you are worried about? Or did you just get lucky after 15 years? Read more...
Very unlikely. There are a few documented cases of women over 50 conceiving naturally, but virtually all have had regular periods in the recent past. Most of the remaining have become pregnant with the help of various fertility treatments. Can you become pregnant? Possibly but, given your menstrual history, it's unlikely even with reproductive assistance. Sorry. Read more...

Inflamed vagina in pap smear results, milky discharge for 5-10yrs, bleeding after intercourse 5yrs hurts so bad, bleed dark brown at end of period 6yrs, ?

Need to be examined. There are so many different things this can be from minor conditions to serious ones. You really need to be examined. If you do not get answers...Find a different doctor. Read more...

Pap smear results say normal/negative for interepithelial lesions or malignancy but also says reactive epithelial cell changes. Should I be worried?

Pap smear. "Reactive" cells in a Pap test are caused by inflammation or irritation of the genital tract. Nothing to worry about, with regard to dysplasia or malignancy. Read more...
No. A pap test is a screening test for cervical cancer, especially HPV related cervical cancer. Negative test says that there is presently, no abnormal cells seen. If you had had an HPV test, it would have been more definitive. Reactive cellular changes are associated with: inflammation (includes typical repair), radiation and IUDs. It is important to follow up with your doctor. Read more...

Help. Last pap smear results came back saying superficial and intermediate squamous and parabasal cells. I have tested negative for h p v & 16/18.?

Normal. The elements you describe are normal elements in a gyn cytology exam. Negative hpv lessens the risk of dysplasia. Abnormal diagnosis would include atypical squamous or squamous intraepithelial neoplasia. Read more...
HPV. A pap smear should comment on adequacy, presence or absence of endocervical cells, presence or absence of a squamous or adenomatous lesion. Hpv testing is separate. Your result is normal. Read more...

Pap smear results say normal/negative for interepithelial lesions or malignancy but also says reactive epithelial cell changes. What does that mean?

Nothing serious. The aim of pap test is to check for Cancer cells or pre-cancers. you have neither of these conditions. reactive is a non specific word saying the cells are not perfect, yet the reactive chnages are not of any consequence. Read more...