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To ask if it's ok to have a smear this soon after birth?

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Witsendmummy Mon 09-Jul-18 14:55:45

Got a letter for my 1st smear test while I was pregnant so called and they said to wait till after birth. Baby is 5 weeks now I called and asked how long I need to wait. The lady booked me in for next week so will be 6 weeks after birth. Is it ok to have one this soon? Does anyone have experiences of having one soon after a natural delivery I'm worrying 🙈

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TurnipCake Mon 09-Jul-18 14:57:26

It's usually 3 months after a baby

moronseverywhere Mon 09-Jul-18 14:57:33

I had Mine at the same time, and it was no more painful than any others I've had done.

DianaPrincessOfThemyscira Mon 09-Jul-18 14:57:43

I did, it was fine smile

moronseverywhere Mon 09-Jul-18 14:58:07

Uncomfortable rather than painful!

Sugarskulllover Mon 09-Jul-18 14:58:12

I've also had a letter for a smear whilst pregnant. I was told to wait 3 months after the baby has been born to go for it.

AmIRightOrAMeringue Mon 09-Jul-18 14:58:20

I tried to make an appointment at my doctor and they said wait til 3 months after the birth

Witsendmummy Mon 09-Jul-18 14:59:37

I wonder if she didn't realise you should wait 3 months or if it's not a set rule?

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Montsti Mon 09-Jul-18 14:59:39

It’s standard at the 6 week post birth obstetrician check up here (not in the UK)...I’ve only had c sections though but not sure if that makes a difference.

Rainshowers Mon 09-Jul-18 14:59:47

I was told to wait three months and the nurse asked me at least twice how old my baby was while she was getting everything ready.

elQuintoConyo Mon 09-Jul-18 15:00:38

I had one during my first midwife check up after the birth, about a week maybe two post partum. I wasn't expecting it, it was just 'i'll take a smear while i'm up there' whoosh! She inserted the speculum, turned round to get a swab and the speculum slid out onto the floor!

* i'd had forceps birth and 4th degree tear and was in agony.
** i'm not in UK, if that makes any difference.

If i were to have another child, i wouldn't go for a smear test until 6 months post partum, or longer. DS is 6.5 YEARS old and i haven't been back for another blush

moronseverywhere Mon 09-Jul-18 15:01:21

Sorry to derail but I had Mine at 6/7 weeks Pp & was sent for a colposcopy. After the results came back I'm now down for yearly smears. Could it of been wrong because I had one so early?

PinstripeElephant Mon 09-Jul-18 15:02:58

I was told if it as done before 12 weeks, there was a higher risk of abnormal results. Not sure how accurate that is though!

NinkyNonk1 Mon 09-Jul-18 15:03:21

I think the letters are sent out automatically from the NHS and not your surgery. Just wait until 3 months have passed to book it

Witsendmummy Mon 09-Jul-18 15:03:29

I think I'll run back and ask her to check!

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LeighaJ Mon 09-Jul-18 15:03:37

I was told 12 weeks by a midwife while pregnant, by a gynaecologist who fitted my coil, a GP at antenatal appointment and the receptionist asked if I would be at 12 weeks post partum before booking me in for the smear appointment.

Melamin Mon 09-Jul-18 15:06:22

Some surgeries used to do a smear at the six week check, but the results are not as accurate 6w pp. You need to book a smear for 12 weeks. www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/when-its-offered/

cptartapp Mon 09-Jul-18 15:06:48

Practice nurse here. Guidelines say 12 weeks.

Cornettoninja Mon 09-Jul-18 15:07:36

Are you still bleeding? I’m pretty sure I was at that point, if only lightly, but was under the impression this can make a sample contaminated.

Personally I’d rebook when I felt comfortable with it unless there were other reasons that I needed one done ASAP.

Spam88 Mon 09-Jul-18 15:15:44

You shouldn't have it until 12 weeks, as others have said. There's a high risk of false positives if you have it earlier.

cptartapp Sun 31-Mar-19 13:48:10

Practice nurse here. National guidelines say to allow 12 weeks (for cervical cells to regenerate). Any sooner could produce an unreliable result.

TickTockBaby Sun 31-Mar-19 13:54:17

12 weeks, any sooner result will be affected by recent cervix changes postpartum.

thismeansnothing Sun 31-Mar-19 13:58:45

My DD is 6 weeks. When I was discharged from hospital the MW said to leave it till 6 months. The HV and community mw all said the same.

cptartapp Wed 01-May-19 16:14:12

Guidelines say twelve weeks.
Practice nurse,

cptartapp Mon 01-Jun-20 15:59:17

Practice nurse.
Guidelines say twelve weeks to allow cervical cells/hormones to settle.

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