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To ask on AIBU a stupid question about smear tests?

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ChangeYouFucker Sat 15-Nov-14 20:03:37

At my age I should know better but can you have it done on your period?

Got it on tues and started today.

I must have just been lucky in the past! So don't know.

Really want it done as I'm overdue by quiet a while 5years

LuckyLopez Sat 15-Nov-14 20:05:35

No you can't otherwise it will ruin the sample.

Best done half way through as cervix is lower and more accessible.

RubbishRobotFromTheDawnOfTime Sat 15-Nov-14 20:06:04

No, you can't. The blood gets in the way under the microscope!

Cauliflowersneeze1 Sat 15-Nov-14 20:07:43

Ooh I heard they did now , bit grim though
Ring and check

babykonitsway Sat 15-Nov-14 20:08:28

As others say - blood will contaminate the sample of cells. Mid cycle is best as cervix is lower and slightly open.

CoolCat2014 Sat 15-Nov-14 20:08:53

No, ideally you should be mid cycle.

Patilla Sat 15-Nov-14 20:09:17

It's best not to and you would def be more likely to have an inconclusive result. Better to just postpone it two weeks and I suspect most practices would tell you to do tha anyway

Groovee Sat 15-Nov-14 20:10:43

I was told to be at least 10-16 days into my cycle for it. Isn't easy when I have no "usual" cycle!

immortalwife Sat 15-Nov-14 20:11:09

Yes you can! It doesn't matter. I had mine in September, and I rang before as I was on my period to clarify this with the nurse, and she said the test has improved over the years and blood is irrelevant.

ShowMeYourTARDIS Sat 15-Nov-14 20:14:29

I had one a few days ago, and I was told to reschedule if I got my period (which I did, of course). Some labs can process the smear test if there's blood, but most can't.

So check.

WanderingTrolley1 Sat 15-Nov-14 20:16:18

I was told no by the nurse a couple months back.

Bulbasaur Sat 15-Nov-14 20:17:04

I think you can now, it hasn't made a difference for me as far as scheduling.

It's not comfortable though! You don't want to be poked and prodded while you're already cramping.

But I have a problem anyway where every test comes back "inconclusive". My cells just don't want to be read, period or not. hmm

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