Wednesday 17 Thu al-Qa‘dah 1441 - 8 July 2020

Does having a sample taken from the cervix break a woman’s fast?


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


Praise be to Allaah.

If having a 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 iftaar at night.

Source:  Shaykh ‘Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr