I was supposed to go in for a PAP smear yesterday, but had to reschedule for next week. Problem is, I forgot AF usually comes around that time! I've heard that this is a bad time because it's harder to read the test results. Is this true? It wasn't my doctor that said this - I read it in a magazine, I think. Does anyone know for sure? Thanks!
I'm fairly certain they won't want to do a Pap on you while you're on your period..So you may have to reschedule again. Call the Dr.'s and ask them to be sure. As I recall, you are also supposed to avoid putting anything into the vaginal area for at least 48 hours beforehand (tampons, having sex, etc) cuz that can mess up the results. But like I said, I'm not certain, and you'll want to ask your doc to be sure.
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I'm pretty sure that going when you have your period isn't going to work. I've heard that you should go the week after to get the best results. I would reschedule again if I were you.
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It's pointless having it done during your period. Firstly they wont do it, or if you are bleeding extremely lightly or you are at the very start of your period or very end, it will leave traces of blood on the smear which wont give accurate enough results. Mid cycle is the best time for it.
Thanks for responding! Maybe I'll be ok because AF usually doesn't come until the 24th, but it sometimes comes a little early. The appt. is for the 22nd. Hmm, guess I'll just wait and see - I can always reschedule.