First Painful Pap I've Experienced


Q: Hi, i went for a pap test today. No big deal, right? I've had them since I was 15 and I'm 49 now. For years I had to get them done at least twice a year when I had cervical cancer. So I've had all a lot of them and they don't phase me. I only remember it being a little painful once. Today was super painful. So bad I dug into the stirups and pushed myself away! It felt like she was doing an exploratory with that thing. This was a new doctor for me but she opened that speculum so wide that I thought I was going to have a tiny tears. Then it took her about 3-4 times longer than I've experienced.
After all that, and knowing I was widowed, She asked me how long had it been since I'd had sex? Three years I said. She proceeds to tell me that the reason i was in so much pain was because I hadn't had sex for a long time, and I was dry, and that If You Don't Use It You
Lose It. She then made the point, twice, that I better be ready that the first time I have sex again it will be really REALLY painful I thought that last comment was very unprofessional. You just don't go around project something that on a patient. This pap was so painful that I now dread having another pap. Based on my history and experience, my feeling is that it was her and not my vagina as she was blaming. Only 5 years ago I had been celebit for 3 years before I met my husband. Would you please share your thoughts? I would be grateful. Thank you.


A:   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: 43 year female. 25 year smoker. on advair vitamin d iron and zyrtec. just finished clindamycin and prednisone for sin...

Q: Had a pap smear 3 days ago and Dr used a large speculum and left it hanging for a few seconds... Then she removed and...

Q: I am s/p breast cancer X 3 years. 61 yo. Dx of herpes with Abnormal pap smear in May 2014. Since then, 2 abnormal ...

Q: What is a pap smear? do they hurt? what do OB/GYNs do and do they hurt and what do they chck

Q: I was wondering would I have to still get a pap smear even though I haven't had sex since 2006???


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon