I popped a little poll over on Twitter last week (if your not following me you really should haha @_gracie92 ) to see if you’d be interested in having a read of this kind of post, and it seems you did- so here I am writing it 🙂 with that in mind if this makes you feel a little uncomfortable or too cringy for you, stop reading – I won’t be offended haha
So I received a letter from my doctors telling me it was time to book myself in for a smear test. I did it as soon as I could which was embarrassing experience on its own as it was a male receptionist who made the appointment and had to ask me what it was for *red face*. However, I knew that if I didn’t book it I’d feel worse and more nervous about not knowing the outcome.
What is a Smear Test?
A smear test is when a swab is taken from the opening of your cervix to detect any abnormal cells and to prevent cervical cancer normally from the age of 25.
I wasn’t feeling at all nervous or worried until I got into the doctors waiting room haha, then I started to feel really weird about being undressed from the waist down and being exposed like in that way to some randomner.
At my appointment my Nurse was absolutely lovely, made me feel a little more calm about the experience. Asked a range of medical questions like when my last period was, if I think I could be pregnant etc. She talked me through what would happen and assured me that it really is quite quick and also asked if I wanted to see the plastic Speculum; the tool they used to open the vagina walls to get to the opening of your cervix. I kindly declined, just wanted it over and done with to be honest 🙂 she mentioned it would be about 4 weeks till I received the results which is usually by post but occasionally you would get a call, if it was something serious or was insufficient results.
There was a trainee nurse in the room and all I was thinking was ‘Oh Sh*t!’ I don’t want two ladies down there looking at my lady bits and taking there time whilst she learns how to do it and what shes looking for – thankfully she didn’t come anywhere near the testing and stayed the right side of curtain.
I got half undressed and lay in position, the nurse liked to refer to it as ‘imagine your doing a yoga pose’ when really its quite exposing. Legs bent, heels drawn towards your bum and put your knees out wide. But its the easiest position to be in so may as well get comfy for a few minutes. The nurse pulled the paper tissue all around my lady parts to cover everything she didn’t need to see – which I thought was really respectful of her.
The Nurse said I would feel pressure and slightly uncomfortable as she inserted the speculum but to take deep breaths and relax as much as I could. And boy did I feel pressure, not in a hurting kind of way just the pressure of the vagina being stretched so a couple of deep breathes were taken.
Then it was time for the swab to be taken, she also said that may feel slightly uncomfortable. If I’m honest it was a horrible tickley feeling, gave me sick feeling butterflies in my lower stomach – but it was over in a second.
I think what shocked me the most was seeing the blood one the swab. I mean as woman we bleed quite often so I don’t know why was shocked haha I was assured as it wasn’t a lot it most likely wouldn’t affect the results of the swab taken which was a relief 🙂 but to expect a little spotting or light bleeding from the test.
And that was that, it was all over and done with! I got dressed said my goodbyes and left… easy peasy really!
I felt a little weird when I walked out of the room kinda like my vaj was wide open and was feeling quite wet from the lubricant they used to ease the tool in – I couldn’t wait to get home and shower. I did get a little spotting, not enough to cover a panty liner just on the tissue when I wiped but that stopped within 24 hours – but it is different for everyone.
I thought it would be good to write this just to give a little insight to how I felt and how the experience was for me – maybe it’ll help at least one of you go and book the appointment or not feel so scared/worried about it when the time comes.
I do advise getting the smear test done as soon as you are asked to, whether its your first, second etc – something thats uncomfortable for just a few minutes could really help you in the future if they find something abnormal going on in there.
But also don’t worry about it, it doesn’t hurt in a screaming in pain way – just slightly uncomfortable for a second.
Let me know your thoughts, or how you felt if you’ve already had a smear test done in the comments below 🙂