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My cousin told me pap smears are uncomfortable becasue they like get tissue and that it cna bleed after they do pap tests on You so does a pap smear hurt and also how long after your first period do You have to get a pap test done?????????

 It’s a good idea to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21, whether you’ve had vaginal sex or not. 

A Pap test is one of the most important parts of a gynecological exam. It’s used to look at the cells of the cervix (the narrow, lower part of your uterus, that connects it to your vagina) in order to find cells that could turn into cervical cancer. It’s the best way to prevent cervical cancer. 

During a Pap test, a nurse or doctor will put a plastic or metal tool called a speculum into your vagina. The speculum opens up to separate the walls of your vagina so that they can see your cervix. You may feel some pressure or mild discomfort when the speculum is put in and opened.

Usually a small spatula or tiny brush is used to gently collect cells from the cervix for the Pap test. You may feel a light scratching when they take the cells, or you may feel nothing at all. You may also have some staining or bleeding after. 

Gynecological exams should not be painful, but they may be uncomfortable. Talk with your nurse or doctor about any discomfort you feel during the exam. Here are some things you can do to help make the exam more comfortable:

  • Breathe slowly and deeply.
  • Let your stomach muscles go soft.
  • Relax your shoulders.
  • Relax the muscles between your legs.
  • Ask your nurse or doctor to describe what they’re doing as they do it.

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