Pap Smear During Ovulation?

Cynthia Flynn's picture
Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My husband and I are trying to get pregnant and I noticed that I am scheduled for a physical and a pap smear during the time I am ovulating. Will having a pap smear during ovulation affect my chances of getting pregnant?

As a follow up, would it be "safe" to schedule a pap smear for a week following the last day of my ovulation?

ANSWER

Possibly, if some of the sperm are wiped away to do the exam. That time would not be my first choice for when to do the pap.If you are trying to conceive, I would think the best time would be just after your menses, and well before you ovulate. You would know that you are not pregnant then.

On the other hand, I have never heard of a pap smear causing a miscarriage.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.