I had a pap smear and was told there was some blood in the way and therefore the test was inconclusive. The Dr wants me to use a vaginal hormone cream and return in two months. I have talked to friends who are also going through menopause and never had to go on hormones to have a pap smear. I am not a candidate for hormones as I lost my vision once when I tried to go on them, so I am reluctant. The Dr hurt somewhat when she did the test so I don't know if this coupled with my dryness is the cause of the blood. Do you think it prudent to ask her to be more gentle? Is it possible to perform the test without being rough and if so, will she be able to get a proper sample this way?View Thread
The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, reviews, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment.
Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.