Can a pap smear while pregnant, cause a miscarriage or any damage?
I have no idea and my gp wants to do one at 12 weeks.
I don't really feel too comfortable about it
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08-05-2012 15:11 #1
Pap smear and pregnancy
08-05-2012 15:16 #2
I wouldn't do it to be honest.
I was due for one before falling pregnant (simply forgot) and my GP said there was no need to do one while pregnant...it could wait until my 6 week check up.
If you don't feel comfortable with it, then don't do it. It's your body and your choice.
08-05-2012 15:39 #3Senior Member
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I had a pap smear at 9 weeks at my obs with first child and now this one. I happen to have been due for one both time.I don't think it can cause a miscarriage, however I'm not an expert. They are not poking something into your uterus or anything.
However I guess if your only just due for one perhaps it wouldn't matter if you waited an extra 6 months if it worries you
08-05-2012 15:41 #4
i didnt think they offered pap smears during pregnancy.
Apparantly they do and "if" done correctly they are fine???? (see link)
I would not be doing it unless there is a reason apart from the normal screening. It can wait until after the baby is born in my opinion - did your doc say why he wanted to do it?
08-05-2012 15:45 #5
I had one at about 12 weeks with DD3 and it was fine, no issues. I seem to remember the Dr telling me that they don't have to go in very far for PAP smear, not far enough to cause any issues.
08-05-2012 15:53 #6Senior Member
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I had one done at 5 weeks. I was scared but my dr said they don't go in far enough to cause any problems. That is given they are experienced. In my case I had to get it done at the time as I was behind in my 12 mth follow up & couldn't wait another 9 months. I have heard quite a few people having it done in early pregnancy.
08-05-2012 15:54 #7
I've been due for pap smears during each of my pregnancies. And no way would I be getting one done. It can wait till my babe is out!
08-05-2012 15:57 #8Member
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I was due for a pap smear at the same time I found out I was pregnant. At my first hospital appointment the Dr asked me when I was due for one, when I told her before I got my bfp, she said she wanted it done then and there. So she did it at 12 weeks, i'm at 32+2 days with a very active baby. she said there were no risks involved and it was perfectly safe. (I had some concerns as my first pregnancy was a missed m/c).
08-05-2012 15:57 #9Senior Member
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Ive had them done at about 7 weeks with both pregnancies, they said they don't like to do them after 12weeks. Both were fine
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08-05-2012 16:09 #10
I was due early in my first pregnancy, and we waited until my post baby appt.
I developed cin III in that time. I had a lletz.
My 2nd pregnancy I was due another pap, and my ob did it as it was my first pap since being cleared of CIN.
Not to worry you, just explaining I had one safely done because I had reason.
I would onIy have one if needed due to abnormal smears in the past. Otherwise it could wait.
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