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Can being on your period affect your pap smear results?

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Dr. Anne Rodriguez
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Anne Rodriguez
Dr. Anne Rodriguez
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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