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Does a Pap Smear Test Break Your Fast?

Question

Is it permissible to have a pap smear test whilst fasting?  This involves the nurse taking a sample from the cervix at the neck of the womb.

Summary of answer

If a pap smear test involves taking a sample with no feelings of desire, then it does not break your fast.

Answer

Praise be to Allah.

Shaykh ‘Abd Al-Karim Al-Khudayr said:

“If having a pap smear test and having a sample taken from the cervix results in the emission of maniy (sexual discharge), then this breaks the woman’s fast because it involves desire. If it simply involves taking a sample with no feelings of desire, then it does not break her fast. But it is better to delay it until the time of iftar at night.”

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And Allah knows best.

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Source:  Shaykh ‘Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr