Tests before pregnancy:Pap TestHow is a pap test performed and does it hurt?
A Pap test is done to screen the cervix (opening to the uterus) for cancer, pre-cancerous changes, inflammation, and some sexually transmitted diseases. It is done by the doctor before pregnancy and sometimes during the pregnancy also. Generally, you will have another pap test after you deliver at your postpartum checkup.Early detection of abnormal cervical cells and infections and early treatment, if necessary, offer the best chance to prevent any problems from progressing and potentially affecting the health of the baby and the success of the pregnancy.
During your exam, you will be lying on your back on an examination table. The doctor will ask you to bend your knees and place your feet in the metal stirrups at the end of the table when it is time for the pelvic exam and Pap smear. Then you should try to relax your knees out to the sides.
To perform the Pap test, the doctor will insert a small tool called a speculum into your vagina. The speculum is a thin piece of metal or plastic with a hinge on one end. This opens the vagina and allow the cervix to be examined. The speculum may feel a little cold, but the doctor or nurse practitioner will probably warm it up in warm water first. Opening the speculum is not painful, although you may feel pressure in your vagina. It helps if you try not to tense the muscles in the vagina. If you feel yourself tensing up, take a few deep breaths to relax or talk to the doctor to take your mind off the procedure.
When the speculum is in place, the doctor will use a long, thin brush, swab, or spatula into the vagina and gently scrape the cervix to collect a sample of cells. This can cause a slight sensation of pressure or discomfort, but it lasts only a second or so. The doctor will place the sample on a slide or in a bottle to send to a laboratory, where the cells will be examined under a microscope.
The Pap test is very quick and usually is over in less than a minute. You might have a bit of bleeding (spotting) afterward and may want to wear a pantiliner. Comments: Tests before pregnancy - Pap-Test
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1641 days ago.
I was wondering if any of you had a pap smear at your first appointment that came back with abnormal cells? My Dr said that my pap smear came back showing that i had mild cervical dysplasia and need to have a folow up Colposcopy. I actually had the same thing done in April for the same reason and they usually take a biopsy of the cervix and this causes cramping and spotting. Im quite concerned because I dont want to end up having this cause me to have a miscarriage. This is also the same Dr which recommended i get a flu shot at my 8 weeks appt, which i later find out shouldnt be done in the first trimester. please leave a message on my profile!