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One in three experience pain after cytological smears

One in three women will experience some pain, bleeding or discharge after a follow-up cervical cytology test, according to Scottish researchers.

They surveyed 884 women with low-grade abnormal cervical cytology who had a follow-up test in primary care six months later.

The results showed 30% of women had one or more after effects – 15% reported pain, 16% bleeding, and 7% discharge. They tended to be mild and of short duration.

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