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to remind you all to go and get your smear tests done if they are due or overdue!

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RedCrimson Tue 07-Jun-16 23:20:17

8 years ago I had severe dyskaryosis (pre cancerous cells) and was bloody lucky I got it all taken away when I did.

I went for my yearly smear today and the nurse was new to cytology and I was the first smear she's ever done (supervised by my usual nurse).

So I just want to remind you to get yours done if it's due. I very much doubt I'd be here now if I hadn't have gotten the treatment when I did.

DustyCropHopper Tue 07-Jun-16 23:22:08

I need to book mine, had a letter a couple of weeks ago.

Keithyoustink Tue 07-Jun-16 23:24:35

Thanks for the reminder - I couldn't have my smear done earlier this year and had forgotten to re-book.

ollieplimsoles Tue 07-Jun-16 23:26:51


thanks for the reminder op, glad you had a lucky escape flowers

I had my first when I was 25 and loads of my friends ignored their letters and still haven't had it done two years later..

Littlepeople12345 Tue 07-Jun-16 23:34:09

I'm 32 and I've never had one. I am absolutely fucking terrified sad

KamMum Tue 07-Jun-16 23:34:22

I'm going to book mine tomorrow flowers

RedCrimson Wed 08-Jun-16 00:34:40

Don't be terrified, it doesn't hurt. It's not pleasant, but it's over and done with in less than 2 minutes. It takes no time at all. And the nurses really put you at ease. They know it's not nice, they have them too, so they are very aware of how you are feeling.

Book one. Once it's done you'll feel better.

Osirus Wed 08-Jun-16 00:46:41

It really doesn't hurt and doesn't take long. It's over very quickly and no one likes going. It's a relief when it's over. You can ask for the smallest speculum if necessary, which may help put you at ease. The alternative is much worse than a quick test I think!

DoesMyMarthaCliffLookBigInThis Wed 08-Jun-16 00:50:42

Had my first smear recently after putting it off for 5 years blush No pain or discomfort, not as bad as the speculums I'd had during pregnancy.

Was told I'd probably get a callback for a colposcopy regardless as I have been bleeding irregularly (though hopefully that's down to the fibroids I developed during last pregnancy)

A huge relief just to have it done smile

LaContessaDiPlump Wed 08-Jun-16 01:02:28

Thank you for the reminder! It turns out that I was 4 days pregnant with DS2 when I got my last one (discovered this subsequently, obvs) and he is now 3.11 blush so I'm well overdue!!

ToadsJustFellFromTheSky Wed 08-Jun-16 01:31:43

YANBU to ask.

chanice Wed 08-Jun-16 01:36:58

Im too young. I have been to my Drs and asked because my sister had abnormal cells, but they keep saying no.

eachtigertires Wed 08-Jun-16 01:40:42

At what age are you supposed to start having them?

chanice Wed 08-Jun-16 01:42:53

25 I think.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Wed 08-Jun-16 01:45:01

Of course you're not being unreasonable and wish I could get one done, but. Last time I had one --almost 19 years ago--blush. I just clammed up and sobbed all the way though. I don't know how they managed to take the swab. I think I must have vaginismus. I'm fine having sex, but foreign bodies eg scaples and tampons. Shudders. It makes me feel inferior tbh. It seems everyone else can just jump up on the examination table and lay back and think of England, but I couldn't.

steff13 Wed 08-Jun-16 01:45:56

I've had one every year since I was 18. Now they're saying every three years. I just got a text from my gynecologist's office reminding me it's time for my annual exam.

Jenijena Wed 08-Jun-16 02:40:28

I'm 34 and have never had a smear test. But I've got one booked for Thursday. Having had a prolapse emerge after DS was born 9 weeks ago I figure I need to suck it up and get used to people looking there.

Aside from that, I have considered my risks (DH and I were virgins when we got together). And I found Germaibe Greer very interesting on he subject of smear tests but... I'm doing it...

AnotherTimeMaybe Wed 08-Jun-16 02:55:39

Don't be terrified, it doesn't hurt. It's not pleasant, but it's over and done with in less than 2 minutes
Hmmmmm all mine were terrible cause of the way my cervix is and the stupid nurse cutting a piece of me rather than just swabbing! There s always some sort of pain and bleeding and me ending up swearing I'm not doing it again
However YANBU and since I haven't been for 5 years thanks for the reminder! Still can't bring myself to do it!

Baconyum Wed 08-Jun-16 03:04:27

Littlepeople please go. I went with a friend who was scared/nervous many years ago. I didnt see anything untoward but was still able to hold her hand. She was fine and realised it had all built up in her mind - she'd had a natural birth too so not like she was some one without any experience of discomfort there.

Vaginismus is far more complex though, iliveinalighthouse I hope you get the appropriate help soon.

Those that are 'too young' (was nothing learnt from Jade Goody and others?angry) please either insist or go private if you can.

I'm not going to book my smear test. I'm 27 with 2 kids and beyond depression. I kind of hope that I have cervical cancer just so I have an easy way out of I love my boys but they'll be taken care if wonderfully when I'm gone.

Mommawoo Wed 08-Jun-16 06:41:30

charlie thats so sad, why do you feel that way?

Candypops14 Wed 08-Jun-16 06:50:39

I put mine of for a few years as was terrified, I finally went and honestly it wasn't bad at all, it didn't hurt and was over so quickly. The thinking about having it done is far worse then actually having done.

ProseccoMadeMeDoIt Wed 08-Jun-16 06:50:54

I was due one back in December and have been putting it off, this has prompted me to book one today!

WeAreEternal Wed 08-Jun-16 07:03:48

It's great that you are all happy with your decisions and are comfortable with the test...
But... Not everyone agrees that smear tests are a good thing or prevent anything and some even believe that the tests themselves can cause 'abnormal' cell growth.
So these threads telling everyone to go get one irritate me somewhat, it's a personal choice which women should be able to make a fully informed decision about, rather than the scare tactics and bullying attitude most GPs surgeries take to meet their quota.

Charlie I'm going to PM you.

CopperPot Wed 08-Jun-16 07:17:29

I tried to book one the other week as I have birth 5 months ago and hadn't had one since 2013 but the receptionist wouldn't let me. I have to wait for a letter to come apparently confused I've only been at that surgery a year so not sure how they would know I was due one

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