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Bleeding after a pap test

09/18/2008

Question:

Hi,

I just went for a pap test and I bled quite a bit at the end of the test. I asked my doctor about it and she said "it`s weird". I`ve read that it`s normal to bleed after it but my doctor said that it`s not "normal to bleed so much". This is my second pap test and during the first one I bled a day after but not as much. I`m a bit worried...because my doctor didn`t give me much information on it and all she said was to wait for the results. Is there anything wrong?? Please help...

Answer:

You are correct, it is normal to have some bleeding after a Pap smear. The cervix is rich with superficial blood vessels that are traumatized during a Pap. Excessive bleeding could be from a preexisting infection or cervical lesion. Both of these can be ruled out with a Pap smear and culture of the cervix. Most likely it is just a normal variation of the expected bleeding. As long as the Pap and culture is normal and you don't have abnormal bleeding any other time, you are probably fine.

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Response by:

Thomas  A deHoop, MD Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated