to think this shouldn't happen following a smear test

(139 Posts)
YBR Sat 10-Nov-12 19:44:11

Basically since my smear test I've been weeing myself blush. It's when I sneeze and sometimes just can't get to the loo quick enough. It seems the process has wrecked my Pelvic floor.
My DD is nearly a year old and since her birth [and a saga following episiotomy stitches unraveling] I'd managed to get control back IYSWIM but this has taken it back to square one.

Is this normal? I don't recall it happening following previous smears.

Well done <applauds>

GentlyGentlyOhDear Mon 19-Nov-12 19:47:23

Well done!
I went for mine last Friday - I was bricking it as I had a 3rd degree tear sixth months ago and haven't been particularly active in the bedroom department since blush But the nurse was lovely and I explained my fears and it wasn't as painful as I'd anticipated - more uncomfortable.

OP I hope you managed to see the doctor about the pelvic floor issues and it's down to an infection or bruising rather than something more serious, iykwim

valiumredhead Mon 19-Nov-12 18:58:23

Well done thanks

addictedismoving Mon 19-Nov-12 18:57:47

well done McChristmas smile

McChristmasPants2012 Mon 19-Nov-12 18:55:50

Well I went and it wasn't as bad as I thought smile

McChristmasPants2012 Sun 18-Nov-12 19:13:26

Good luck all who has the smear tomorrow.

CheerfulYank Sun 18-Nov-12 15:08:58

Oh no wheelies. That's my worst fear.

Browneyes my experience was the same! This time I told the dr that I had a hard to find cervix (i.e. tilted uterus apparently) and to please use the long skinny speculum. It was definitely the easiest smear I've ever had.

TheWheelies Sat 17-Nov-12 17:35:34

I hate smears - I put off going for months and months. Recently I finally made the appointment and had it done, and it was as grim as I usually find it. A few days later the nurse cheerily phones to let me know the lab refused to test the sample as she had incorrectly labelled it. Oh and that I can't get another done for 3 months as the cells have to build up again. I just didn't know what to say to her...

Chipping - I have a tilted uterus and also found smears painful, until the last time.

I mentioned the pain to the nurse, and asked if it had anything to do with my uterus being tilted (after reading something on here, I think).

She did a quick exam, then used a longer speculum! I had no idea they came in different sizes, but she showed me the diffence in lengths. It was a revelation, and the first time I ever had a smear that didn't make me want to climb the walls.

Please talk to someone so that you can get one done, and have it done properly.

MrsDeVere Sat 17-Nov-12 09:09:49

Chipping please go soon.
I am sorry it hurts.
The nurse gets be to make fists and then put my hands under my bum ( fists upright)
This helps apparently.

It also helps if you voice your worries. I have found the HCPs much more helpful if they understand. If you have a physical issue it's important they are prepared too.

Valium is also a boon in these situations wink

ChippingInLovesAutumn Sat 17-Nov-12 02:15:24

McPants sad My smear is very very over due by several years, I will book mine when you report back to say you have had yours done. Deal?

I hate it because of my weight & because it hurts me, quite a lot. Something to do with my tiltled pelvis apparently hmm My very first smear (overseas) was when I was a teenager, it was done at a family planning clinic, by an old cow nurse with very cold hands who clearly thought 18 years olds shouldn't be having sex - she was rough and it really hurt and they have pretty much always hurt since (some worse than others).

However, MrsDV if you can go and get yours done after everything you went through with Billie and how it makes you feel, I can damn well stop acting like a pathetic wimp and go and get mine done can't I blush

McChristmasPants2012 Sat 17-Nov-12 01:46:18

Just woken up from a nightmare, which went like this. The nurse is doing the smear and invites a lot of people in and they all start laughing.

Why am I so scared sad that I am having nightmares

whizmum Fri 16-Nov-12 15:02:13

YBR - did you get any help with the pelvic floor?

I have problems before my period is due, so hormonal! Also, a strong cup of instant coffee I had the other day at someone's house caused problems all afternoon. I will stick to proper coffee in future!

whizmum Fri 16-Nov-12 14:59:40

The best thing is that you will not get another letter for 3 years. smile

Enjoy it thanks

CheerfulYank Fri 16-Nov-12 14:36:15

Good for you! I usually cry too. blush Didn't at the one on Monday, but that was a first. It is such a relief isn't it???

SmoothOperandus Fri 16-Nov-12 12:18:20

Same here!thanks

McChristmasPants2012 Fri 16-Nov-12 11:54:56

Well done addicted smile

I am getting a little nervous now, but I will not cancel.

valiumredhead Fri 16-Nov-12 11:53:42

Well done you!!!! thanksxxx

MrsDeVere Fri 16-Nov-12 11:36:41

Well done!

addictedismoving Fri 16-Nov-12 11:32:09

It's done its over and now I'm back home.
I explained why i was so nervous and she was really lovely. it was obviously uncomfortable and when I got back in my car I cried blush partly through relief, partly because I'd done it and partly because it bought back alot of feelings. but thats something to discuss with my theripist.

But its done and if I can do it, anyone can. grin now I can live guilt free for the next 3 years grin

valiumredhead Fri 16-Nov-12 10:43:46

It's a good idea because we live in a world where this is available and it can SAVE YOUR LIFE.

It'll be fine xxx

Blatherskite Fri 16-Nov-12 09:26:53

Because it will take seconds but could save your life

addictedismoving Fri 16-Nov-12 09:19:59

I'm sat in the waiting room, really scared. someone remind me why this is a good idea.

Addicted, you have much more reason than I do to be scared! I'm just a wuss in general. Good luck, you can do it!

addictedismoving Wed 14-Nov-12 20:12:40

Too I'll be taking my just 2year old and my 9 month old! :s
Getting really scared now, had to sit on my hands to stop myself canceling.

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