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I'm due a smear test; about 18 months overdue as a result of pregnancy and I'm now getting round to it Since the last one I've had 2 kids and despite having got through the pain of childbirth I'm actually a bit scared.....
Never used to have any issues have smear tests but having needed stitches after both births I'm really dreading it as I'm worried it will be painful
No less painful for me post birth. I was also far more matter of fact about the whole thing post-birth! You can always mention your concerns to the nurse/doctor at the beginning so they are especially kind to you, and keep in mind you are allowed to say "no, I'd like you to stop" at any time if it's too painful for you, and discuss with them what happens next. Make sure you keep the mindset of this is something you are choosing to do for your own health, not something you "have to" do, and you may find that helps you to feel more positive. Good luck!
Don't put it off. I have had three and it isn't any worse after kids than it was before. Its over so quickly and the nurse's need to get them done too..so they know what you are going through..I have always found telling them im a little nervous, makes them reassure me and settle my nerves.
I was late due to nerves after my last child and when I finally went. It was easy peasy and I felt silly for putting my health at risk and not just going.
I’m in the same position as you and feel so silly for being nervous. I had brutal internal examinations during labour, to the point where I feel teary and a bit shaky just thinking about them and the idea of willingly letting someone do that again makes me feel sick, and then I get annoyed with myself all over again!! I’ll book mine on Monday if you books yours??
I had mild ptsd after giving birth (due to a sweep that I didn't consent to) and had 2nd degree tear and stitches. I was concerned it would be awful, but if anything it was easier afterwards.
You can ask the nurse to talk you through what will happen, and ask them to use a different sized speculum if you like. You should be allowed to be in control - so make sure they know you're nervous and they should take it into account.
I've just had one after 2 DC and dis find it a little painful which I never have before BUT the nurse did say it was just due to my cervix being higher up at that point which could happen before or after giving birth. I was much more relaxed about the whole thing than before DC though.
Mines booked for Tuesday and I've got a real feeling of impending doom as I've left it so long, I just feel like I'm expecting bad news even though I've had no symptoms and have had a MRI on my small bowel and a colonoscopy and millions of blood test these past two years (Crohns) which of course isn't my cervix but surely anything hideous would've been picked up?!?!
Update: I went....and it was awful 😩 absolutely awful However I'm wondering if actually it was painful because of the nurses technique....the only way I can describe it is that it felt like she was trying to catheterise me with the speculum; made me absolutely yelp out in pain
Just hoping she got a good enough sample and then at least I can forget about it for 3 years
I had mine today, I felt so stupid for leaving it so long but the nurse was very kind, it was a bit uncomfortable and I have a slightly sore tummy now but I'm so glad I did it. I'm a bit worried about the results but I'm just so glad I've eventually got it done.