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Pain during recent pap smear — Ask Dr Jean

Ask Dr Jean 29 Oct 2018
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When it comes to women's health, there is no such thing as a silly question. Do you have a question you want answered, but have been too afraid or embarrassed to bring it up with your GP? Or you forgot to ask while you were in the doctor's surgery? Now, you can 'Ask Dr Jean'.


Answering your questions for this edition of 'Ask Dr Jean' is gynaecologist and Jean Hailes Medical Director, Dr Elizabeth Farrell AM

Dr Elizabeth Farrell

When it comes to women's health, there is no such thing as a silly question. Do you have a question you want answered, but have been too afraid or embarrassed to bring it up with your GP? Or you forgot to ask while you were in the doctor's surgery? Now, you can 'Ask Dr Jean'.

Answering your questions for this edition of 'Ask Dr Jean' is gynaecologist and Jean Hailes Medical Director, Dr Elizabeth Farrell AM (pictured).

Question

I felt a lot of pain during my recent pap smear. In the past they were always uncomfortable, but this one hurt. Does that mean something is wrong?

Answer

No, it may be due to your age, especially after the menopause; sometimes the vaginal entrance becomes a bit narrower or drier with less secretions.

It may be that your pelvic floor muscles were not as relaxed. Also, it could be the size and brand of the speculum used. Different speculums are available now that may stretch your vaginal entrance a bit more and be uncomfortable. Ask your doctor to use a narrower speculum in future.