I'm not sure about this as my gp told me that if you were in a long term monogamous relationship you didn't need to have a smear test and in fact he advised his own wife not to bother with one. I must say though that I haven't taken his advice and have always gone for a smear test when I'm called up for one.
Any woman who is not a virgin can potentially have the virus (bacteria?) which leads to cervical cancer, no matter how long you've been with the same partner, and it can stay dormant in your system for ever. So yep, I'm afraid you will just have to lie back and think of MN!
I had been with my partner 10 years and developed precancerous cells that needed to be removed. Mine were just about to tip over the edge, i was three months late for my smear - it was all ok and treated very simply. My gynaecologist (excuse my drunken spelling) said that had i left it for anothe six months it would have been a VERY different story.
Please have it done, and i have to say, if it hurts, get a different nurse to do it. I always opt for a male doctor as it goes - they always warm the thingy
yes don't delay get it done ASAP - also by way of encouragement(sp?), they have chaged the method now there is no scrape scape scrape - they now use a little brush. Ok it's still not the nicest thing to have done but not so bad as it used to be - had mine done 3 weeks ago just waiting to hear back.
It isn't a test for 'cancer' as such. The test looks for the HPV virus which is implicated in most cases of cervical cancer. This virus can lie dormant, so negative one year, positive the next, even with the same partner. If HPV positive then it looks for abnormal cells and if also present then a referral is made. HPV Positive without abnormal changes warrants annual monitoring only. There aren't always signs something is wrong (as with many cancers) and waiting for symptoms may be leaving it too late. There's certainly money to be made from it in GP land, like all other health monitoring, with good reason. And smears are only 3 years until you're 49, then they are 5 yearly.