Pre-Conception: Pap Smear
A Pap smear test is used to screen a woman’s cervix (the opening to the uterus) for cancer, pre-cancerous changes, inflammation, and some sexually transmitted diseases. The test is done at intervals that are recommended by the health care provider. In most cases, if a woman has recently had a normal Pap test, she will not require another when she becomes pregnant. If several months to a year or more have passed since the last Pap test, or if there are any questions about the status of the cervix, the health care provider may suggest another Pap test at the beginning of the pregnancy. Ask your health care provider if you should also have the HPV test.
Early detection of abnormal cervical cells and infections and early treatment, if necessary, offer the best chance to prevent any problems from progressing and potentially affecting the health of the baby and the success of the pregnancy.