If you have abnormal pap smears you might consider vaginal boric acid supp from amazon 2 times a week (not on your period) and start DIM 100-200 mg 2 times a day for 6 months. Of course discuss this with your doctor first.
It's totally normal to have spotting or bleeding after a pap, that means they got a good sample. The more concerning question is why are you getting a Pap smear every 6 months?
Jaime A. Goldstein, MD
Depending on what your doctor sees at the time of the Pap Smear, he/she may decide to take a biopsy as well.
Always call your Doctor and let them know if you have had bleeding so they can treat you more specifically.
Although the brush is plastic, in some women even that minor trauma can cause bleeding. Some women also bleed after intercourse due to contact with the penis or sex toys with the cervix. If this happens frequently, a good speculum exam and recent PAP test is a good idea just to make sure the cervix is normal. Once you get the all clear from your doctor, even bleeding after intercourse is not a problem (even if annoying).
Peter G. McGovern, M.D.
University Reproductive Associates
214 Terrace Avenue
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
Clinical Professor and Associate REI Fellowship Director
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health
Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School
185 South Orange Avenue, MSB-E506
Newark, NJ 07109
I hope that helps!
I have to assume that you have had abnormal Pap smears since you are getting them done every 6 months. There are several possible reasons why a woman can bleed after their Pap smear. First - it may due to the abnormal cells themselves. If a woman has HPV (human papilloma virus) in her cervical cells and HPV has caused some abnormal changes in the cells, they can bleed due to the disordered growth from the HPV and if they are progressing into precancerous cells (not common, but possible) then the cells bleed easily with Pap smears, or during or after sex. Secondly, and also very common, the brush used to scrape the cells from the cervix is abrasive and can cause the sensitive delicate inner cervical cells (the gland cells) to bleed just from the Pap brush. A third possible cause is the presence of a yeast infection or vaginitis, or sexually transmitted infections, all of which cause inflammation of the cells and result in them bleeding easily.
Hope that helps!
Dian Joy Ginsberg, MD, FACOG
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