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Old Sep 15th, 2015, 11:45 AM   1
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Bleeding and cramping after pap smear without consent


I am very upset about this. During the exam today I felt sudden scraping and my doctor told me it is for routine cancer screening.
I was not asked if I am okay witj having it done, nor would I have agreed because with my son it caused horrible cramping.
She said I could spot a little...

However I am actually bleeding a good deal now and cramping which is so scary. Some blood went in the toilet and this is what I had in my panties.

Should I be worried? Is this a normal amount of blood after a pap smear?

Seriously so so upset. Baby survived a bleed from a hematoma 2 weeks ago and today we saw the heartbeat..and now that



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Old Sep 15th, 2015, 11:58 AM   2
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During my last pregnancy, my doctor warned me that I could have some bleeding after the pap, but not to worry about it. If you're concerned, I would call your doctor.



 
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Old Sep 15th, 2015, 12:05 PM   3
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I've never had bleeding with a pap, but maybe it's different w pregnancy? That seems like a lot of blood though...did u call ur doc?



 
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Old Sep 15th, 2015, 12:10 PM   4
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I was told they couldn't do a cancer screen during pregnancy because just having a baby nearby can show up as abnormal cells.

I have bled after every pap I've had in my life and pregnancy can make cervixes more sensitive. It's probably okay.



 
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Old Sep 15th, 2015, 12:18 PM   5
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I bled after a vaginal exam only once, but I wasn't pregnant. I don't know why doctors insist on doing a pap during pregnancy - especially if you're a healthy adult that is married and has never had an abnormal result.

Paps are invasive, and can cause trauma. Did the doctor know you are pregnant? I hope it all turns out ok! Just relax and don't stress too much, if you can help it.



 
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Old Sep 15th, 2015, 12:22 PM   6
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I bled after a vaginal exam only once, but I wasn't pregnant. I don't know why doctors insist on doing a pap during pregnancy - especially if you're a healthy adult that is married and has never had an abnormal result.

Paps are invasive, and can cause trauma. Did the doctor know you are pregnant? I hope it all turns out ok! Just relax and don't stress too much, if you can help it.
Yes my OB knew...she did an ultrasound right after. I don't understand why she did not ask me or at least warn me??
I would not have agreed...it is not like I can get treated in pregnancy IF I have cervical cancer.



 
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Old Sep 15th, 2015, 12:35 PM   7
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I've never had bleeding with a pap, but maybe it's different w pregnancy? That seems like a lot of blood though...did u call ur doc?
Everything is closed now and the local ER has a bunch of idiots. They behaved horribly during my previous MC and when I called in for a bleed 2 weeks ago.



 
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Old Sep 15th, 2015, 12:36 PM   8
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I was told they couldn't do a cancer screen during pregnancy because just having a baby nearby can show up as abnormal cells.

I have bled after every pap I've had in my life and pregnancy can make cervixes more sensitive. It's probably okay.
I just had a pap smear in June too...and it seems so silly to do it now. Why not wait until after pregancy because in pregnancy there is nothing they can do.



 
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Old Sep 15th, 2015, 12:47 PM   9
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I think they do it because there are several things that can be checked during a pap that can be harmful to the baby and can safely be treated. For example, if you have any unnoticed bacterial infection they can give you antibiotics. Undiagnosed, an infection can cause miscarriage or preterm labor, but if it's treated, you should be fine. They wouldn't do it if it was completely unnecessary.



 
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Old Sep 15th, 2015, 12:56 PM   10
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I think it's a little ridiculous that he didn't ask you. My doctors always ask if they're going to do anything - my doctor even warns me his hands are cold during the breast exam. Also, I'm not sure about Germany, but my doctor says that if you don't have a history of abnormal paps, you need one every 3 years, pregnancy or not. So if you had one in June, the one today was definitely unnecessary. You can test for bacterial infections and other infections without a pap, as well. If I were you, I'd let my doctor know in a professional and kind way that from now on, you want to be advised of any exams BEFORE they happen. Not only advised, but ASKED. It's your body, and you always have the right to say no, so it's irritating to me that he'd do the pap without your knowledge.



 
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