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Aibu to think a rough smear test has caused some internal damage ?

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Luncharmstrong Wed 18-Oct-17 21:58:56

Aibu to think a rough smear text may have caused some internal damage ?
I’m in my late 50s.
Had regular smears all my adult life. They don’t bother me in the slightest. Never painful .

Had one about 6 weeks ago.
The nurse scraped away for much longer than usual and for the first time ever it was sore . Not uncomfortable, sore. It didn’t help that she had an unpleasant manner.
To clarify, it wasn’t the speculum that hurt , it was the scraping.

I don’t suffer from vaginal dryness.

I bled a bit when I got home . I know this isn’t unusual after a smear but has never happened to me.

I was concerned that the pain might indicate something was wrong but the results were clear.

I have felt pain in that exact area ever since.
It’s not terrible pain but makes me nauseous and feel a bit faint .
I think there is something about the vagus nerve if stimulated that can cause nausea ?

Can anyone relate to this or offer advice? It’s getting me down.

RainbowPastel Wed 18-Oct-17 22:19:44

They use a soft brush now so I can't see how it would cause damage.

Dippingmytoesin Thu 19-Oct-17 09:40:44


Andro Thu 19-Oct-17 10:21:20

I thinks it's entirely reasonable to be concerned.

You had a procedure; you have pain now that you didn't have before, in a location that became sore during the procedure. While it may be a coincidence, it may not be.

After 6 weeks, I think seeking a doctor's advice would be a sensible course of action.

RochelleGoyle Thu 19-Oct-17 10:25:47

YANBU, don't know why someone above said you are! See your GP. You shouldn't still be in pain.

alizondevice Thu 19-Oct-17 10:31:56

YANBU. This happened to me. The GP doing the exam was very brusque and rough. I did make a formal complaint. Then I discovered that many other women getting smears from this individual suffered as I had. Not long after that, the GP left the practice. Do speak up, by all means. If you go back, make sure you see a different GP. I'm sorry you had this experience and hope you find some resolution. flowers

Luncharmstrong Thu 19-Oct-17 17:43:10

Thank you everybody.
I have considered making a complaint as it was completely unlike any other smear I have ever had.
I'm very unbothered by medical things and don't ever want to make a fuss but I would not like other women to I go through this if perhaps some retraining would help.
I will call the doctor in the morning as the pain is getting worse.

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