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I have an 11 week old ds and I need a smear. REALLY need a smear, I've never had one and I'm 26. Thing is, I'm really scared. I've had 3 kids, no problems with having internals normally, but now I'm putting it off again.
I'm really worried now though, that because I've put it off for so long, that there will be something wrong. Irrational??
[big kick emoticon] Chances are there will be nothing wrong, so go and do the test to put your mind at rest. Childbirth is far less dignified and much more uncomfortable than a smear, I promise!
If (and this is a big if) there was anything wrong, then the most it would probably require is more frequent smears. I have smears every year due to an abnormal finding just to keep an eye on me. So there is really nothing to worry about, I promise!
my HV said they dont recommend having a smear until 6 months post birth as cervix needs to get back to normal. my gp had written to me to remind me and she was v cross about it and said they shouldnt even be contemplating it. i dont know whether this is right or not but it did give me an excuse to avoid it for 18 months (had it done 3 weeks ago) it really does take 5 mins.
You are pretty young really, so dont worry that it will show something wrong (though if it did then better to find out sooner rather than later.) I had a smear done yesterday (It was really quite overdue as I had had a baby when it should have been due and didnt want it done while pregnant or immediatly postnatally. My DD is now 18 months, so thought I should get it done ) Anyway, it is all done, I was actually in the room less than 5 minutes. And I'm back in the GPs good books again
Takes a few minutes, very easy, and going for regular screening will cut your chances of having cervical cancer by well over 95%. And even then the cancer would be caught at such an early stage that treatment would be incredibly effective.
Thankyou for the replies. I really don't understand why I'm putting it off. It's not the undignified bit that I'm worried about.
I know nothing about smears, <head in the sand>, I didn't realise that it picks up abnormal cells that COULD turn cancerous, so can be treated, I just thought it told you if you had cancer. This makes me feel slightly better. I will check about the 6 month postnately thing. Thankyou so much!