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Old 12-04-2002, 06:12 AM   #1
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Can I have a pap smear during my period?

Hi all,
I scheduled my annual pap smear several months in advance because my doctor is so booked up. It's next Monday and although my periods aren't incredibly regular, it looks as though I could be having it then. Is it OK to go ahead with the pap? I've heard different things, from the test not being as accurate when you're having your period to the results not being reliable at all. I'm afraid if I cancel the appointment they won't be able to get me in for 6 months! Any info would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 12-04-2002, 07:05 AM   #2
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Re: Can I have a pap smear during my period?

It would be best to call and ask your doctor. I know the docotors I have had and the one I have now do not like to give paps during my period. THey all told me it can interfer with the results. I would call the office and ask, if you have to book another appointment, maybe you can get on the list for cancelations.

 
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Old 12-04-2002, 12:08 PM   #3
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Re: Can I have a pap smear during my period?

My doctor had me reschedule mine because I was on my period.

 
Old 12-05-2002, 07:57 PM   #4
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Re: Can I have a pap smear during my period?

My doctor agreed to do one just because I was already there. She wasn't confident the results would come back clear enough to read. And of course, they didn't, so I had to go back a week later any way. I would re-schedule and save yourself the time and the co-payment!

 
Old 12-09-2002, 02:10 PM   #5
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Re: Can I have a pap smear during my period?

I would ask your gyn about it. There is supposed to be a new method whereby they filter the blood out with a special kind of swab before smearing it (or something like that).

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