(Closed) Help! I blacked out during my pap. What's the deal?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1864 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It happens to me pretty much every time.  I don’t know what it is…never have that problem after sex or anything.  My new DR is WAY nicer than the last one and I don’t black out as bad, but each time she knows I need to stay laying down and she gradually sits me back up.  It’s weird, but the DR doesn’t seem to be concerned.  She says it just happens sometimes to different people.  I wouldn’t worry too much about it!

Post # 4
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@diamondgal23:  I have had the same exact thing happen to me a few times a year since I was a teenager but it had nothing to do with a pap smear or sex. I just chalk it up to blood pressure changes – or blood sugar. I’ve asked doctors about it and they always say it’s nothing to worry about.

Maybe you didn’t eat enough and that + nerves + laying/ sitting on the table for a while made it happen. I don’t think it is directly related to the pap smear but I’m not a doctor.

Post # 5
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Northing like that has ever happened to me during a pap, but when I had a Colposcopy (biopsies taken from your cervix) it was very painful and I got light headed, sweaty, pale, and sick feeling. Maybe you just have a more sensitive cervix.


Post # 6
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

That has never happened to me during a pap, but I cut my wrist really bad on a broken window a few years ago and when I went to get my stitches taken out she could only get 2 done before I told her I had to stop. I felt weak, queasy, light headed, cold sweat… Ugh… I guess it’s just sensitive areas?

Post # 7
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m a nurse and do paps and yes, it can happen when the cervix is touched. For some people, randomly, it can cause a vasovagal. It’s rare, but normal so don’t worry. Also nothing to do with your dr’s technique Smile

Post # 8
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

it might not even be related to the pap at all. some people get really dizzy when they sit up after laying down for a while.  it’s not a big deal at all. 

some people are more prone to it than others, but I would not worry about it.

if you are not a person that this typically happens to, then stress might have contributed to it. 

Post # 9
986 posts
Busy bee

I actually pass out every time I get too hot. I also have anxiety issues and can make myself pass out that way. Not eating can also trigger it for me, but seeing as you said you ate, I would assume that it’s probably not a big deal. (And of course, your doc was there, so I’d certainly hope they would ensure you were okay!)

Post # 11
972 posts
Busy bee

@diamondgal23:  Not from a pap, but I have from lying down in a doctor’s office doing something uncomfortable/anxiety-inducing. I wouldn’t worry 🙂 Try some gatorade and peanut butter crackers right before next time, and sit up slowly. Have some more gatorade and water on hand!

Post # 12
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO diamondgal23 You said,

So is this really a normal reaction? Has this happened to anyone else? I thought it was weird bc I have sex pretty regularly (multiple times a week) and I’ve never had any strange reactions afterwards. Nothing like this happened to me during my first exam!

For the record…

The normal vaginal canal when arroused is too deep for an average penis to interact with the cervix (if it wasn’t so… sex would be extremely uncomfortable… the man “banging” away on this sensitive part of your inner self)

So the experience that you have during a pap smear is quite different than what happens to your body during sex.

I don’t know what you truly experienced (as someone over 50, I’ve been going for Pap Smears for over 30 Years and never had that sort of reaction myself).  OR if there is a correlation between your symptoms and the pelvic exam.  I do however, know it is not uncommon for someone to have the symptoms that you mentioned (light headed – dizzy – feeling nauseous etc) if one goes from an incline position to an upright one fairly quickly (no matter how old one is)

Hope this helps,

Post # 13
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

nothing to do with the pap. that’s low blood pressure.

Post # 14
3246 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@diamondgal23:  I don’t know if it’s normal, but I’ve heard about it a lot from learning about women’s reactions after having an IUD inserted; it’s more common with those than pap smears. Like someone already mentioned, it’s a vasovagal reaction (something I would think doctors would be prepared for? Maybe?).

Stimulating a sensitive inner part of your body unpleasantly sometimes causes such yucky reactions– I don’t think you need to worry about it, just warn them the next time you have a pap and they will hopefully be a bit more prepared and able to help you out.

Post # 15
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I get faint (or faint completely, sometimes) when I get a shot or blood drawn (or once when I was stung by a bee).  I was told it was a vasovagal response (as a previous poster also mentioned).  Sounds like it might be something similar.  I don’t think I’ve run into it with gynecology exams, but it might just be because I’m already lying down.

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