I know they are going to want to do a pap test. Is there any reason to get a pap while I am pg?
I am due for a pap test, late actually. I have no STD's, no chance of having contracted anything for the last decade.
I am planning on refusing it just because I don't think it is necessary and why go places that aren't broken. I also don't want an "abnormal" pap while pg because I obsess enough as it is and that would freak me out. (had one a few years ago due to inflammation and I swear the words "abnormal pap result" made me go insane temporarily)
Am I missing anything? Any reason to get one?
Because of this I will not get one while pregnant. I don't want to give myself any reason to worry.
Unless having one now will give you peace of mind I see no reason not to wait.
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actually, if you have a clean pap you can technically wait two years if you are under 30, to have the next one done.
if you have never had an abnormal pap there is NO reason you have to have one done while you are pg. you might have to wait till you're 12 weeks pp to have one done, but basically it's your call.
i know i was due for one after the birth of my last DD, and i knew i was leaving that OBs care ( BAD care provider with BAD partners). i told her i was there for my 6 week appt and that was all, no pap and i was leaving her practice.
they can't force you to get the pap then and there
It just made me feel better with my recent history.
It was just a personal choice that made me feel better.
If I had not had all of those abnormal paps, I would probably have waited until pp.
I did not get undressed for the first appt - which helped... I'd imagine it would be much more difficult to state your position when you're half-naked.
I did face quite a bit of resistance from the first doc I saw (at 9 weeks). She indicated I'd have to sign some sort of form saying I refused the procedure. The next doctor I saw (at 13 weeks) mentioned the pap test, but when I said I wasn't interested in it, she didn't push it. I never had to sign the form.
I'm sure I'll be in for the same type of resistance when I decline to have the internal exams at the end of my pregnancy. I'm going to try not to see that first doctor again during this pregnancy, and hope she's not on call when I go into labor!
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In general, it's a bad idea to take the chance of introducing bacteria or irritation into the cervix during pregnancy. Like a PP said, it's high and tight during pregnancy for a reason.