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When having a smear, has the nurse ever found it hard to find your cervix?

(56 Posts)
pointydog Wed 25-Jul-07 17:36:50

Never happened to me before. Found it a bit odd.

lou33 Wed 25-Jul-07 17:46:05

every single time

mine is v high and tilts to the side

Twiglett Wed 25-Jul-07 17:47:22

yes happened to me last time, for first time either .. I also found it odd .. and feckin' sore

pointydog Wed 25-Jul-07 17:47:38

ah ok. Maybe I was lying in a funny position.

Started to think some terrible disease must have eaten it away

pointydog Wed 25-Jul-07 17:47:58

oo, is it an age thing I wonder

SpamFritter Wed 25-Jul-07 17:54:48

All the time. Much squatting, coughing and lifting of buttocks goes on. Most embarrassing

DarrellRivers Wed 25-Jul-07 17:57:03

not age, most cervix are anterior , a few are posterior and it can be sometimes tricky to locate those whichj are very posterior, yes, lots of hands under buttocks and coughing etc.
Patient's hands I hasten to add.

lou33 Wed 25-Jul-07 18:02:56

i had my bum about a foot in the air last time

i had my first smear at 17, and have always had the same problem

Katy44 Wed 25-Jul-07 18:12:55

Yes, had this problem the last couple of times.
Also when being examined in labour. Very and painful

pointydog Wed 25-Jul-07 18:14:02

lol @ spam - sure you;re not talking about childbirth?

pointydog Wed 25-Jul-07 18:14:42

than you all for your reassurance

cervix in tact

diplodocus Wed 25-Jul-07 18:15:33

You'd think there were a limited number of places it could be, wouldn't you?

pointydog Wed 25-Jul-07 18:17:21

well yes

just how roomy is it in there

suey2 Wed 25-Jul-07 18:17:21

TMI alert- i have a long thin vagina so always have to ask for the special long, thin speculum. Saves a lot of apain and the internal in the middle!

Katy44 Wed 25-Jul-07 18:24:31


Katy44 Wed 25-Jul-07 18:25:22

I really am
LOL at them not being able to find it
And I didn't realise you could choose your own speculum - can you get a catalog? So you can choose in the privacy and comfort of your own home?

SpamFritter Wed 25-Jul-07 18:27:13

Oh I'm very roomy lol - need a moonbucket not a cup. Still have to do a lot of rummaging though!

Katy44 Wed 25-Jul-07 18:27:57

Why do they not trim their nails before doing the exam? Would be polite I think.

suey2 Wed 25-Jul-07 18:29:01

Certainly saves the 'ooh, you have got a strong pelvic floor haven't you' casual chat as they ferret ever more agonisingly around!

NadineBaggott Wed 25-Jul-07 18:29:15

oh yes - end up having to hoik my hips in the air every time!

Katy44 Wed 25-Jul-07 18:31:16

suey2 - I get that as well (although haven't had an exam since giving birth ) do the 2 go together then?

SpamFritter Wed 25-Jul-07 18:32:12

ROFL - 'ferret' is conjuring up some odd images in my mind.

MegaLegs Wed 25-Jul-07 18:33:40

Me too, I remember one where she disapeared and came back with some long tongey things.

During all my labours I had to put my fists under my buttocks and lift myself up to be examined - that was really hard work whilst contracting

suey2 Wed 25-Jul-07 18:37:01

No idea if the 2 go together- i reckon it probably just seems thin if my PF is strong. Katy44 did you ahve to have an episiotomy? I am a bit scared as i have read that if you have a strong PF you are much more likely to tear. Lots of raised eyebrows from DH when i described the benefits of perineal massage!

Katy44 Wed 25-Jul-07 18:51:16

No, not at all - no tear, just a slight graze which I wouldn't have noticed if she hadn't told me. (First wee was not a problem either, even though I'd got the jug all ready!)
I did perineal massage once when I decided it was a) uncomfortable b)undignified and c) probably not effective given the half hearted way I was doing it. SO I never did it again (although I did smell like a bakewell tart all night!) The only thing I did do was made sure I didn't push when told not to and panted. It's really hard to concentrate but I think it's worth it.
When are you due?

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