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how long do you wait for a smear test after giving birth???

(24 Posts)
notsoslimnow Fri 22-Aug-08 18:07:16

just out of interest really,anyone know?

Mercy Fri 22-Aug-08 18:10:32

I was told to come in after my first normal period, which should be 6 weeks post birth.

Yeah right hmm I have since left that GP. Long story.

SOrry, not being very helpful.

Saggarmakersbottomknocker Fri 22-Aug-08 18:14:57

I once had one a few weeks after giving birth and it was grim. Are you due one?

beansmum Fri 22-Aug-08 18:16:28

I had one 6 weeks post birth and was bfing so hadn't even had a period yet.

Lizzzombie Fri 22-Aug-08 18:18:44

I didn't think having a baby affected your normal rota of smear tests, every 3 or whatever years.
DS is 18 mo, and I've just have my reminder letter.
Not sure what I am going to do with him whilst I have it done!!! hmm

beansmum Fri 22-Aug-08 18:27:57

I'd never had one before, so I think that's why they did it then.

LittleMyDancingForJoy Fri 22-Aug-08 18:31:57

I asked my doctor this - he said you have to wait six months for your cervix to settle back to normal, and you should get a call up letter, but if not, make an appointment yourself.

sarah293 Fri 22-Aug-08 18:32:31

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MingMingtheWonderPet Fri 22-Aug-08 18:33:13

I had one at my 6 wk check, and it was (as Saggar points out) grim!
I would wait a bit after that. After my second child I wiated for about 4 month, and was much less painful.
This thrwad reaminds me that i am due for a smear actually, lovely!

notsoslimnow Fri 22-Aug-08 19:25:22

oh thanks for those answers im actually not due one for another 2 years, but wondered if giving birth changed the gap between them? cant believe they do them as little as 6 weeks after giving birth.....no thankyou!!! i suppose my real question is whether giving birth changes when you are due a smear?

Minniethemoocher Sat 23-Aug-08 20:18:14

3 months after giving birth, it took that long for my periods to return.

CvQ Sat 23-Aug-08 20:19:26

i havent had one and no intention of either

Psychobabble Sat 23-Aug-08 20:20:04

first time at 6 week check (was due one anyway)
second time about a year after the birth, at the normal time it would have been due.
periods hadn't started either time.

SqueakyPop Sat 23-Aug-08 20:21:30

I have twice had a smear at my 6 week check.

neolara Sat 23-Aug-08 20:23:37

I think you are meant to wait 6 months as your cervix can show changes simply because you recently gave birth. This makes it hard to work out if there is a problem or not.

cat1978 Sat 23-Aug-08 20:24:39

I was told I should make an appointment a couple of weeks after my 6 week check up (to allow things to settle a bit) but I'm ashamed to say I didn't and my ds is now 15 months old shock
I hate having them but I suppose it's one of those 'things' we have to do so I'll an appointment next week

SqueakyPop Sat 23-Aug-08 20:24:47

But if your 6-week check is normal, then no biggie?

Once the doc has you there with your knees apart, she might as well whip out the speculum.

SqueakyPop Sat 23-Aug-08 20:25:25

The worst part is making the appointment, Cat

expatinscotland Sat 23-Aug-08 20:26:17

oh, no, i can't imagine having one at 6 weeks. i was still feeling raw down there.

i had DD1 in december and had a smear test about 6 months later.

a vaginal birth sloughs off a lot of tissue on the cervix.

PinkTulips Sat 23-Aug-08 20:31:06

i was told 4 months post birth last week.

Elmosgirl Sat 23-Aug-08 20:31:59

I just had one at 5 months but was told I could have one after 3 months post birth.

cazzybabs Sat 23-Aug-08 20:32:50

i was told to wait for mt 1st period post child birth = 8 months and still waiting

notsoslimnow Sat 23-Aug-08 22:02:27

does everyone normally have them every 3 years? because where im from we have them every 5????

notcitrus Sat 23-Aug-08 23:08:20

I was supposed to have my smear the day after I went to the GP to say "You've just sent me a letter saying I'm pregnant. Are you sure??'

The smear was cancelled and I was told they'd invite me back 3 months after birth.

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