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Ok, honestly - what is worse -- having a smear done or having a coil fitted??

(15 Posts)
electra Thu 25-Nov-10 22:59:27

I have a smear tomorrow and it's my first ever one. I've worked myself up about it a bit.

How bad is it? I've had a coil fitted which wasn't very nice because they couldn't get it in so it took a long time.

Is it easier than having a coil fitted?

cece Thu 25-Nov-10 23:02:47

Coil fitting is pretty nasty. Smear is not even half as bad. You'll be fine!

DontCallMeBaby Thu 25-Nov-10 23:04:36

Way easier than a coil! Walk in the park! My coil fitting wasn't a huge deal, but I did have wicked cramps afterwards, and I've never had anything like that with a smear.

fruitstick Thu 25-Nov-10 23:05:12

Walk in the park compared to coil fitting.

I cried when having coil fitted. Don't even flinch during smear.

Actually it does smart a bit.

1gglePiggle Thu 25-Nov-10 23:06:24

Yes I'll second that. Coil fitting is horrendous (well was pre-child)! Smears are just a little scratch. Stretch and sweep worse than all the above!

fruitstick Thu 25-Nov-10 23:08:32

Oh god I'd blocked out the stretch and sweep.

I had a male midwife too. It was not an enjoyable experience.

elsiepiddock Thu 25-Nov-10 23:08:55

Coil - worse by a mile

SparkleSoiree Thu 25-Nov-10 23:10:10

Coil way worse. My eyes watered and I walked funny for a few minutes afterward feeling a bit sorry for myself!!

Smear - nothing to it compared to a coil fitting.

electra Thu 25-Nov-10 23:17:13

ooh, thanks ever so much everyone - you've made me feel much less stressed. I have a friend who assured me it was truly awful! But she hasn't had kids though. I did have a sweep once - don't remember that being too bad but I was soooooo massively pregnant I guess I was more concerned about wanting the baby out. Ok, I'll stop panicking.

HouseOfBamboo Thu 25-Nov-10 23:24:33

I hsven't had a coil but have had two smear tests since childbirth. Barely felt a thing (they were fine before childbirth too).

Complete piece of piss compared to pregnancy and childbirth indignity, pain and proddings!

DreamsInBinary Thu 25-Nov-10 23:38:48

Coil excrutiating

Sweep unpleasant.

Smears - and I've had dozens, pre- and post-DC - are not at all painful if you are relaxed. Even if you are tense, they don't hurt.

Nothing to worry about OP!

Valpollicella Thu 25-Nov-10 23:47:53

Coil fitting is like you've signed yourself up to the Devil's earthly beings practising their torture methods

(sorry to anyone having one fitted. It was farking horrendous)

A smear is nothing compared to it - you;ll be fine, honestly

SparkleRainbow Fri 26-Nov-10 12:37:38

Fitting a coil was no problem for me at all, smears even less so, no worries don't panic smile

electra Fri 26-Nov-10 14:31:42

Thanks again everyone. I didn't feel a thing, actually - it was fine - much, much, much easier than having a coil fitted.

SparkleRainbow Fri 26-Nov-10 20:07:17

Well done you smile

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