My First Smear Test

Smear tests. Its one of those envelopes every girl dreads being shuvved through her letterbox (no pun intended) and mine arrived last year in June. I had it all booked in on the 2nd August but couldn't attend on the day due to having hand surgery after an accident at home. Part of me was relieved and another part of me was frustrated because I'd been brave enough to book my appointment after weeks of putting it off and then it was taken away.

Months went by and we're now in March. If you've been reading my blog this year you may have spotted that I decided to come off the pill in January and therefore, my periods returned after 3 glorious years without them. I had my first period and decided I would book in again, get all down there checked out and psyched myself up to make the call. I was devastated to discover the snotty receptionist refused to give me an appointment because I wasn't at the correct stage in my cycle. She explained I couldn't get booked in because it wasn't precisely 10 days after I had stopped bleeding and told me to wait until my next cycle. If you've come off contraception yourself, you may have experienced irregular cycles and the rest of it so at this point I was like...what the eff...I could be waiting ages. Then I got my second period at the beginning of March and was fully aware that this time, I had to think ahead and try to get myself booked in again. With appointments being so hard to grab at the correct time, the NHS are under a lot of pressure right now and its only been getting worse. I managed to get squeezed in for the end of March, 9 days after the bleeding had stopped. I did check with my nurse about the 10 day 'rule' but turns out it was all rubbish and as long as you're not bleeding, you can get a test done.

I arrived with plenty of time to spare and my lovely nurse called me through way before my appointment because there was no one else waiting. This was brilliant because it meant I wasn't there getting all worked up alone in the waiting room and it was also the nurse who I used to see for my pill appointments so I knew she was a diamond. She went through it all with me, led me to the table and left me to get myself undressed from the waist down and asked me to call her back when I was comfortable. I hopped on, lay down and let her do what she needed to do. She explained everything she was doing but if you don't want to know you can ask your nurse to not talk you through it. I found it eased the awkwardness though and the two of us actually had a right laugh. She grabbed the lubricant which farted as it left the tube and she said 'whoops, excuse my lube!' and that set us off again. It didn't hurt one bit but it was just a little uncomfortable. I experienced light cramps afterwards which is totally normal and I had such a spring in my step knowing I'd got it over and done with.

I'm sure we've all heard about the importance of getting a cervical screening test done and although it sounds like the most horrific, embarrassing and daunting chore ever, its totally worth it and every girl should get it done. I found on the day that posting on Twitter asking for positive vibes really helped and the blogging community was so encouraging and inspiring. If I wasn't ready to get one done, I would have been from their kind and motivating messages. It only takes a couple of seconds and honestly, try going in with a light hearted attitude and take your sense of humour with you because it helped me so much to relax. I feel super proud to have done it and know that next time won't be so scary.

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Cervical screening is so important. In our family we are really hot on them because my sister had cervical cancer. It means that us other five sisters make sure we have regular smears done. There should be more imformation given in schools to girls on the importance of having it done. Well done you!

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    1. I 100% agree with you, its so incredibly important & if this helps just one more girl feel comfortable with having one then job done :) x

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  2. I still have another 4 years until I need to have my cervical screening. Although it's something that I have always been a tiny bit worried about, mainly worried about the pain but it has eased my mind knowing that it was only a little bit uncomfortable. Thanks for sharing this, I think it's so important for us young ladies to be educated about this stuff x

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    1. You have absolutely nothing to worry about honestly :) it feels strange more than anything but no pain whatsoever x

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