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Old 04-24-2009, 11:41 AM   #1
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Bleeding during a pap test

I had a pap done today and during the exam the doctor told me that I started bleeding once he was in there. He told me this shouldn't be happening, but it is probably not serious and would send me to a gynecologist just to be safe. This is the third time I have ever had one, the other two came back normal, and last time it hurt and I was bleeding afterwards. I am wondering if it was bleeding during the exam last time 2 years ago, and the doctor just didn't mention it? It just really freaks me out to hear him say it's not normal, and it looked like an awful lot that he was wiping off of my cerix. He said it wasn't, but it looked like it! He said my cervix could just be irritated, or there could be an infection, or nothing at all. Has anyone else had to deal with this? I am trying not to worry but it is very hard!

 
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Re: Bleeding during a pap test

20+ years of annual paps here, and I bleed after and/or during most of them. A dozen different gynecologists have told me it's completely normal, wear a pad for a day or so after and don't worry. FWIW, I've also never had an abnormal pap. I have been told my cervix is inflamed and easily irritated, however.

Try not to stress until you get your results back.

 
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:00 PM   #3
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Re: Bleeding during a pap test

This makes me feel so much better, thanks! I think the doctor is just covering himself just in case.

 
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Re: Bleeding during a pap test

Why don't you just make it a practice to always get your paps at a gyno instead of a GP? Then you'll already be there and he/she can give you better information and you don't have to go thru the whole thing again.

 
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Re: Bleeding during a pap test

I always had bleeding after pap smears starting in my late forties. The doctor thought it was age related - menopausal, dryer, easily scratched. It was of no consequence. Now I have finally passed the age for pap tests, they seem to have stopped doing them after 65. Not one was ever abnormal.

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Re: Bleeding during a pap test

I never thought of just going to a gyno. I always just went to my family doctor. I guess I prefer to keep it with someone I know.

Also, now it looks like I may be getting my period?? I don't really know what is going on. There was some blood afterwards which happened last time, and I know sometimes happens, but it looks like my period is just starting. I am on the pill, and it is not supposed to be due until next saturday. Also, when I have this exam I feel burning as he is scraping for the cells. My mom said I shouldn't feel any pain, but I also heard some people do.

 
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Re: Bleeding during a pap test

I've had bleeding as soon as they touch my cervix. The pap test wouldn't work, i'd have to wait for the cervical cells to settle, then do a second attempt and again it often wouldn't work. It would take up to 3 attempts. Nobody seemed to care and would tell me that i should wait to do my pap test after my period was over. They were totally clueless and didn't realise i wasn't on a period, that the bleeding was coming from the lining of my cervix for some reason.

Finally i found someone who knew what they were on about and she did a colposcopy instead of a papsmear. She also did a vinegar wash to see if any abnormalities showed up on the cervix itself.

She said this was not normal, but you could get a "normal" pap test result none the less. She said this type of issue was connected to an infection of some sort and most often HPV. She recommends an annual check up in this case "just in case". She asked me whether i have bleeding after sex and i said no. She found this unusual.

I don't know if this is right or wrong. It seems every body you speak to has a different theory.

There are procedures they can do to harden the cervical lining. I think they most often freeze the area.

I think from memory that i've read the cervical lining can get extremely thin when the hormone estrogen is low. I have excess estrogen so you think my lining would be more hardy.

I'm going for another colposcopy in about 3 weeks so i'll see what they'll say this time round. I'm worried if it is HPV. Depending which strain it can cause cervical cancer. I just don't know what to think.

 
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Re: Bleeding during a pap test

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I never thought of just going to a gyno. I always just went to my family doctor. I guess I prefer to keep it with someone I know.
Maybe you should get to know your gyno. SOunds like you should be seeing one regularly.

 
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Re: Bleeding during a pap test

You really should be seeing a real gyno for paps and such, because going to a GP they might miss something important. The gyno could also answer all of your questions regarding situations like what you're going through now. I personally wouldn't trust a GP to know anything about women's reproductive health because they barely scratched the surface of everything in med school, which is why they are a GP and not a specialist.

As for bleeding after a pap, I always do. I also have cramping when the doc is taking the sample. Sometimes I have pain afterwards. I always have and I didn't get all bent out of shape about it, I always knew it was due to the pap.

 
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Re: Bleeding during a pap test

I'd say there is bleeding and there is bleeding. Once i bleed the smear is worthless and they can't get a valid result. It's not that the blood comes gushing. It's more like the moment they attempt to touch the cervix the entire test is ruined as they haven't even had a chance to scrape of sufficient cells.

I can't continue doing colposcopies and having bits of my cervix cut out for a biopsy either. This will be my second colposcopy so i'd say they will be advising me to get a procedure done to fix the cervix lining so that it's not so 'friable' as they call it.

 
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Re: Bleeding during a pap test

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I've had bleeding as soon as they touch my cervix. The pap test wouldn't work, i'd have to wait for the cervical cells to settle, then do a second attempt and again it often wouldn't work. It would take up to 3 attempts. Nobody seemed to care and would tell me that i should wait to do my pap test after my period was over. They were totally clueless and didn't realise i wasn't on a period, that the bleeding was coming from the lining of my cervix for some reason.

Finally i found someone who knew what they were on about and she did a colposcopy instead of a papsmear. She also did a vinegar wash to see if any abnormalities showed up on the cervix itself.

She said this was not normal, but you could get a "normal" pap test result none the less. She said this type of issue was connected to an infection of some sort and most often HPV. She recommends an annual check up in this case "just in case". She asked me whether i have bleeding after sex and i said no. She found this unusual.

I don't know if this is right or wrong. It seems every body you speak to has a different theory.

There are procedures they can do to harden the cervical lining. I think they most often freeze the area.

I think from memory that i've read the cervical lining can get extremely thin when the hormone estrogen is low. I have excess estrogen so you think my lining would be more hardy.

I'm going for another colposcopy in about 3 weeks so i'll see what they'll say this time round. I'm worried if it is HPV. Depending which strain it can cause cervical cancer. I just don't know what to think.
Hi Audrey-B,

Two years a go I was told I had a very severe case of CIN3, which resulted in biopsies, 3colposcopies and a operation to burn off the pre cancerous/bad cells and also I ended up having to have my cervix frozen due to bleeding easily upon contact with my cervix.

I have had my first routine smear back at my doctors and I bled quite heavily, even the nurse seemed a bit shocked and I could even feel the blood coming out of me down below, the nurse even put on the form it was a +++ bleed and then I carried on bleeding for at least 2 days prior. I have been having groin pain for some time now and pain in my vagina area and my periods over the last 4 months have been very dark some times even black looking and for the first time in years I am suffering with period pain for 2 days prior to period, during period and 2 days after and i never have before. Occassionally I can bleed after sex as well and it can be very painful.

I am just wondering what your outcome was as it was a while a go you posted? The nurse did tell me that the bleed I had was a lot and that it was not normal and she knew all of my history and what I had been through. She also mentioned the test may not work due to high amount of blood and that I should be referred back to gyne and may have to have cervix re froze.

Has anyone else had some thing similar?

Hope your ok

xx

 
Old 03-18-2011, 03:39 AM   #12
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Re: Bleeding during a pap test

I always bleed after a pap. It lasts a couple of hours then stops. However, a couple of months ago, I found out I have a cervical erosion so therefore I am prone to bleeding. You could just have a very sensitive cervix.

Are you bleeding from the cervix itself or another part of the vagina?

Good luck with your pap results

 
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Re: Bleeding during a pap test

Thank you for responding.

As far as I am aware the bleed came from my cervix and as soon as the nurse touched my cervix the bleed started.

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