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#1 lovepink

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:25 PM

Just a quick, embarrassing question blush.gif

I have never had a Pap Smear and Im 25. DH has been my only sexual partner and we started having sex in 2010.

On the info sheet for my Obsterician, it asks when your last Pap Smear was. I havent had one, so I will put this down ... but my question is, will I have to have one even if pregnant?

#2 jayskette

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:29 PM

you can still get cervical cancer when pregnant...

#3 Katie_bella

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:29 PM

They will often wait until after the baby is born. You should have a pap smear every two years from when you are first sexually active. They are not as bad as you might think, i promise being pregnant and giving birth is far worse.

#4 SplashingRainbows

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:29 PM

Your OB will no doubt have a preference to either do one during pregnancy or at your 6 week check.

So you'll have one - just depends when.

I find them mildly uncomfortable but not painful.

Your OB is going to see your bits at some stage so no need to be embarrassed.

#5 Jessie_T

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:29 PM

QUOTE (lovepink @ 26/12/2012, 08:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just a quick, embarrassing question blush.gif

I have never had a Pap Smear and Im 25. DH has been my only sexual partner and we started having sex in 2010.

On the info sheet for my Obsterician, it asks when your last Pap Smear was. I havent had one, so I will put this down ... but my question is, will I have to have one even if pregnant?


I believe so? I know when I went to my gyno appointment, that was the first thing he asked. But I still think they would do it or highly recommend it if you are pregnant...... Btw, it's not that bad original.gif aminute of discomfort for peace of the mind is definitely worth it.

I have only had sex with dh and no other sexual partner since I was 17 but you still need pap smears

Edited by jessietroy, 26 December 2012 - 08:31 PM.


#6 leratocharlie

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:30 PM

I'm 26 and when I did my checking in for my pregnancy at the maternity clinic, they asked this - I begrudgingly confessed I'd never had one, and it just was marked on my form that I needed to have one post-birth (great...)

#7 lovepink

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:32 PM

Im not embarrassed coz of the actual Pap Smear, more the fact I havent had one yet and Im embarrassed of the reaction.

Thanks for your replies. If they will do one as part of my check up/appts then thats fine. I would be a bit anxious about it but everyone has to do it so I'll suck it up.

#8 mollybot

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

Also - just a quick point - you don't *HAVE* to have a pap smear - you can just say "No thankyou, I'll wait until after the baby is born" - they usually do one at @ the 6 week-after checkup. By then you will have given birth and it won't phase you *at all* original.gif

#9 Mrs Lost Wanderer

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

I had one when I was about 10-12 weeks pregnant with DD2 which was 2 years ago now and now I'm pregnant with baby number 3 I've had another one about a month ago as well as having swabs done twice. I thought as long as you don't have a dodgy cervix and the cervix is long and closed then it's ok to take a pap smear. They will always have a look before touching the cervix with a swab anyway so they should know if it's going to be safe to do. Other people might know more about this than me though.

I had mine a month ago because they were taking a swab anyway and figured while they were there, they might as well take it.

By the time you have gone through pregnancy and birth, you realise that there are far worse things to have done to you. I was a bit freaked out before I had one for the first time, but by pregnancy number 3, I've had quite a few people poking around my bits that it's really a minor thing to me now.

Edited by jacqg, 26 December 2012 - 08:38 PM.


#10 mollybot

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

Also - just a quick point - you don't *HAVE* to have a pap smear - you can just say "No thankyou, I'll wait until after the baby is born" - they usually do one at @ the 6 week-after checkup. By then you will have given birth and it won't phase you *at all* original.gif

#11 No girls here

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:39 PM

My OB just said to wait until the 6 week checkup

#12 HappyLife

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:40 PM

Hmm... I have never had one either. My doctor is male & I've never felt that comfortable to book one with him. I know I should though...

#13 saxa

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:42 PM

QUOTE
Also - just a quick point - you don't *HAVE* to have a pap smear - you can just say "No thankyou, I'll wait until after the baby is born" - they usually do one at @ the 6 week-after checkup. By then you will have given birth and it won't phase you *at all*


No you don't have to but if you have never had one silly not to!

After you have given birth can be too late.

#14 cardamom

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

QUOTE (lovepink @ 26/12/2012, 09:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Im not embarrassed coz of the actual Pap Smear, more the fact I havent had one yet and Im embarrassed of the reaction.

Thanks for your replies. If they will do one as part of my check up/appts then thats fine. I would be a bit anxious about it but everyone has to do it so I'll suck it up.


No need to be embarrassed OP! Pap smears should begin at age 18-20, or two years after first having sex, whichever is later, so you're still within the acceptable timeframe  original.gif

http://www.cancerscreening.gov.au/internet...cervical-faqs#8

#15 Jessie_T

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:55 PM

QUOTE (HappyLife @ 26/12/2012, 09:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hmm... I have never had one either. My doctor is male & I've never felt that comfortable to book one with him. I know I should though...


I was seeing a male doctor, but I would ring up the same doctor surgery and request a female for Pap smears as I feel uncomfortable that a male would be doing it..... But I have a gyno so go figure? He hasn't had to look down there, but oh my gosh every appointment I get soooo nervous that he might have to lol

#16 Holidayromp

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:58 PM

QUOTE (mollybot @ 26/12/2012, 09:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Also - just a quick point - you don't *HAVE* to have a pap smear - you can just say "No thankyou, I'll wait until after the baby is born" - they usually do one at @ the 6 week-after checkup. By then you will have given birth and it won't phase you *at all* original.gif


You don't have to have a pap smear whilst pregnant.  That is the only time I will decline having a smear.  There is a small risk of miscarriage especially if the smear taker is a bit over zealous.  I would not recommend it at all.

Also wait until longer than 6 weeks to have it....I had one then and it was very painful and uncomfortable.

#17 Holidayromp

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:59 PM

QUOTE (jessietroy @ 26/12/2012, 09:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was seeing a male doctor, but I would ring up the same doctor surgery and request a female for Pap smears as I feel uncomfortable that a male would be doing it..... But I have a gyno so go figure? He hasn't had to look down there, but oh my gosh every appointment I get soooo nervous that he might have to lol


Then it may be a very good idea to change gynos.  I do not allow any male doctors near me and the last time one had to because it was an emergency situation I started shaking uncontrollably and the procedure took longer and was very painful.


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