Cervical smear test does not nullify fasting
Fatwa No: 329626

  • Fatwa Date:27-9-2016 - Thul-Hijjah 25, 1437
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Question

Does taking a smear from the uterine cervix (to check for an early cancer) nullify fasting in Ramadan?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The tests related to taking a smear from the cervix do not nullify fasting.

The Islamic Fiqh Academy stated that the matters that do not invalidate fasting include the following:

- What goes into the vagina such as suppositories, lotions, vaginal speculum, or a finger for medical examination.

- Introducing an endoscope or IUD into the uterus.

Finally, taking the smear test that you mentioned in the question is permissible provided it meets the conditions mentioned in fatwa 118326.

Allaah knows best.

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