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Just been for a smear - the nurse couldn't find my cervix

(59 Posts)
Growlithe Thu 28-Feb-13 11:20:22

Now I'm booked in to have the doctor do it. sad Where has it gone? They've found it every other time. confused

Has anyone else had a cervix that's gone AWOL?

mice Thu 28-Feb-13 11:24:10

Yes, this happened to me once. I was a bit worried it meant there was something wrong but I went back and it was found straightaway :-) i was told it was in a slightly unusual position and I may have had to lie on my side ratherthan my back but all was fine. All my future smears have been stariaghtforward too so please don't panic!

Growlithe Thu 28-Feb-13 11:36:36

Thanks mice. She tried putting me on my side and nearly found it hmm but despite a lot of rummaging about had no success in the end. Hope the doctor can.

ThingummyBob Thu 28-Feb-13 11:40:39

I once had two practice nurses and a (female) doctor all seraching for mine shock

Now I go to a local hospital gynae unit and use one of those legs-akimbo-recliner chair thingies, much quicker and easier all round grin

Do you have a contraceptive implant? Its quite common apparently.

Growlithe Thu 28-Feb-13 11:43:29

I don't have an implant no. When I was on my side I didn't know where to put my 'top' leg. grin

doyouwantfrieswiththat Thu 28-Feb-13 11:50:42

You can lose them?!

janinlondon Thu 28-Feb-13 12:04:32

If you put your two bunched fists under your bum (raising it up an inch or so) they can usually see it. If the doc has trouble, give it a try.

Growlithe Thu 28-Feb-13 12:09:06

janin I did that too! It's gone hasn't it? grin

Sidge Thu 28-Feb-13 12:10:37

I'm a practice nurse and very occasionally (but not often cos I'm frickin awesome at taking smears wink) can't find a cervix. I may see the edge of it but can't see the os clearly - that's the hole that needs to be sampled, so if you can't get a good view of it you can't get a decent sample.

My advice is to lie completely flat, and try and lie on the top of your bottom ie the fleshy part rather than the lower, bum-bones part. If you're sitting up a bit you can end up sitting on your cervix so it hides. Also lying on your hands can help tilt the pelvis so the cervix pops into view.

Some women do have very high, tilted cervices so lying them on the side can make it come down and forward. Just curl up on your side, you shouldn't need to wave your leg in the air, just rest it on top of the other one.

doyouwantfrieswiththat Thu 28-Feb-13 12:54:26

Goodness. When I lose things dp says look harder in the place It' s meant to be.

Sparklingbrook Thu 28-Feb-13 13:02:24

You need to retrace your steps smile

AwkwardSquad Thu 28-Feb-13 13:08:15

Maybe you put it somewhere sensible?

ATouchOfStuffing Thu 28-Feb-13 13:15:09

Yes, mine is a way to the left of my body for some reason! Was problematic when I needed a sweep as apparently I am long and narrow so took quite a few attempts each time. It can help if you ball your fists and put them under your bum, if they didn't try that already?

SoleSource Thu 28-Feb-13 13:50:00

Happened to me time before last and took over an hour to find it!

Growlithe Thu 28-Feb-13 14:17:33

I'm blaming DH. He's always moving stuff and not putting it back when he's finished. grin

digerd Thu 28-Feb-13 16:03:44

It must be dark in there and the taller you are ,apparently, the higher up it is, so even farther away from the light. Don't they have a small battery operated search light on the end of the opener/sercher/probe? < grin>
Wonder what happened to it in the last 3 years? Definitely DH's fault.

Hope they find where it has gone!

Have you checked down the back of the sofa?

Telesales650 Thu 28-Feb-13 16:07:04

That is very funny Growlithe

Yotamsrazor Thu 28-Feb-13 23:24:19

Yes! Mine is retroverted (tilted backwards). None of the nurses in my GPs can locate the sodding thing. Last time I went for a smear, the nurse had to get one of the GPs in to excavate.

Ive had a few gynae probs over the last few years and the young doctor who examined me last had to call his superior in to find it. I really felt sorry for him having to explain to his boss that he couldn't find a cervix. The consultant got me to put my fists under my bum and she located it straight away. If I have someone who doesn't know how to deal with such a phenomena, smear tests are either impossible or agonising. I have a friend who is a doctor and she says it's not unusual for the cervix to be tilted or to one side and that with experience medics do get to work out how to seek them out. So don't worry - maybe the nurse doesn't have a lot of experiences with cervixing.

Growlithe Fri 19-Apr-13 10:23:53

Well, I finally went back today (AF and holiday got in the way) and the doctor still couldn't find it, despite working her way through every corkscrew thingy in the surgery.

I'm now being sent to the 'clinic', where hopefully they'll have a map.

Sparklingbrook Fri 19-Apr-13 10:29:05

Oh Growlithe. sad Did they say why the clinic might be able to find it but they can't?

Growlithe Fri 19-Apr-13 10:33:10

She said they have specialists there, and those tables from a torture chamber that get you in the right position. confused

I've been so brave as well. sad

Sparklingbrook Fri 19-Apr-13 10:34:27

When are you off to the clinic?

Growlithe Fri 19-Apr-13 10:42:25

You can go any day, it's drop in and they're on each day on at different health centres, none of them are too far away so that's good.

She told me to phone so they can tell me which ones the specialists attend.

I don't know whether to take DH for moral support - although when he found out what they actually did for a smear he thought it was barbaric and reckoned there had to be a better way. hmm

Sparklingbrook Fri 19-Apr-13 10:44:12

Well it will be educational for him. grin

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