Tuesday, 23 August 2016

KNOW YOUR NORMAL: Smear Tests aka Cervical Screening Test



Smear Tests.

They are one of those routine things that people get scared about. The rumour mill goes rife about how much they hurt or people just don't talk at all. My mom never really spoke to me about smear tests. We have a close relationship but I think I am a lot more open to talk about things than she is. When I had my first one at 19 I was in hospital with horrendous stomach pains and they suspected it could be cancer related.

I actually remember every detail of it. The female doctor came to talk to me about it (behind the curtains in a ward ... so private) and I remember asking her if I needed to take my tampon out. Looking back I feel like that was a stupid question! But at the time I remember all I could think was that I had cancer. I remember being petrified by that thought and crying myself to sleep that night.

My second smear was actually a lot more relaxed. Just before my 25th birthday I received a letter asking me to book my test so I rang up and booked it just like that. When I got there I was called in to see a midwife who performs tests at my local surgery. She left me behind the curtain and asked me to strip from the waist down and lie on my back on the bench. Although I was covered by the curtain she also locked the door so no one could walk in unannounced.

I wore a dress and would suggest this too as it was easy to just pop my knickers off and I was ready. She then insterted a lubricated speculum inside of me, which isn't overly huge! I would say if you have had sex this bit shouldn't be too much of a shock, its just slightly cold and hard!

I have whats known as a retroverted uterus which means that it is tipped back - this is quite common though with 1 in 5 women having one - and it doesn't mean anything bad its just how it sits! It did however mean that she had to fiddle around a little to find my cervix!

Once found using a soft brush which felt a little like I imagine a mascara wand would she took the swabs, and then popped out the speculum passed me some tissue and it was all over. Around a week later I got a letter saying that everything is all clear.

So that's me done for another three years.

What I wanted to show is just how important these are. Cancer is a killer and honestly what is worse ... one doctor or midwife seeing your vagina for a couple of minutes performing a smear or multiple doctors, nurses and specialists seeing and operating on your vagina and possibly other parts of your body if you develop cervical cancer?

If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

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2 comments:

  1. I've been so nervous about getting my first smear and you really eased those nerves when we spoke about them at the meet up and in this post. A close friend of mine who's only 25 has recently battled with cervical cancer and it's just so awful to see such a strong and wonderful woman torn apart by such a nasty disease.
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    1. I'm sorry to hear about your friend having to go through that. I am also glad that my random waffling helped at least one person! I really want people to know that they aren't that bad :D

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