Can pregnancy be detected by a pap smear?

Answer Pregnancy cannot be detected by a pap smear, although during a physical exam the physician may suspect pregnancy. Ultrasound is used to confirm a pregnancy, but at an early gestational age, the onl... Read More »

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Can HIV be detected in a pap smear?

HIV is not detected in a pap smear. If your pap smear comes back normal, it simply means the test did not detect the presence of abnormal cervical cells or human papillomavirus (HPV). A normal pap ... Read More »

Can a pap smear detect pregnancy?

Pap smears are used only to determine if unusual cells are on the cervix that can indicate viruses or cancer. A pap smear cannot detect pregnancy, although a woman can request a separate pregnancy ... Read More »

Can pap smear cause spotting in early pregnancy?

Yes, a pap smear can cause some spotting afterwards. Call your Dr. if it becomes heavy or you have cramping.

Is it safe to have a pap smear during pregnancy?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, women who are pregnant should have a pap smear as a part of their routine prenatal care. If abnormal cells are present, there are procedures to remo... Read More »