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CafeMochaVodkaValiumLate · 17/05/2021 11:38

I've only ever had one and it wasn't long after I'd given birth so I think I was beyond caring.

Do you trim? Take paracetamol? Wear a dress?

I'm overthinking this I know...but, pls amuse me.

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Lonel · 17/05/2021 11:40

I don't do anything in particular. It never occurred to me tbh.


Basecamporbust · 17/05/2021 11:41

Make sure I've had a shower that day. That's it.


CounsellorTroi · 17/05/2021 11:42

I don’t do anything really. I’m grateful to MN though for informing me of different sized speculums (specula?) so I could ask for a smaller one.


BritInAus · 17/05/2021 11:47

Shower as close to the appointment as possible - that's about it.


Cocomarine · 17/05/2021 11:48

I think it’s polite to be clean.
Otherwise - that’s it.


Tittybittybangbang · 17/05/2021 11:49

I wear a skirt and take two paracetamol 20 mins before as I find it aches afterwards.


Seriouslymole · 17/05/2021 11:49

Shower - that’s pretty much it.


ALevelhelp · 17/05/2021 11:50

Obviously make sure you're clean. I'd wear a dress or tunic top, but that's because I'm paranoid about someone walking in when I'm getting dressed (unlikely to happen!)

I've never trimmed or anything...


Rillington · 17/05/2021 11:50

Shower. Sometimes wear a long skirt as it's easier to pull it up as you don't get a modesty blanket any more.


BagORats · 17/05/2021 11:51

Have a trim, have a shower and make sure I'm wearing something I can get back into quickly - a tunic and leggings or similar rather than wrestling myself back into jeans


user648482729 · 17/05/2021 11:51

Shower, wear a longer top if I remember so I feel a bit less exposed


Mabelface · 17/05/2021 11:51

I just make sure I'm clean.


Palavah · 17/05/2021 11:52

Amuse me

? Hmm


Hankunamatata · 17/05/2021 11:52

Friend takes paracetamol and ibuprofen as she gets anxious.


BashfulClam · 17/05/2021 11:52

I shower and that’s it.


Hobnobsandbroomstick · 17/05/2021 11:53

I have a glass of wine and two ibuprofen about an hour before 🤷‍♀️


idontlikealdi · 17/05/2021 11:53


Shower. Sometimes wear a long skirt as it's easier to pull it up as you don't get a modesty blanket any more.

Is that a Covid thing? I've got one next week, don't think I even own a non office skirt!

ItWasLikeThatWhenIGotHere · 17/05/2021 11:53

Make sure I’m wearing pants without holes.


Reinga · 17/05/2021 11:55

So long as you have showered/bathed prior to the appointment, the healthcare professional conducting your smear won't notice anything else.
They dont care if you have natural pubic hair, wax it off entirely or dye it purple.
They see vulvas every day of the week and they're pretty much unshockable.
Hope your appointment goes well.


mimi14 · 17/05/2021 11:57

Shower as close to appointment as possible and wear something easy to remove /put back on.

There was a modesty blanket when I had mine in March.


Coldilox · 17/05/2021 11:57

Shower that morning.
Turn up on time.

Can’t think what other preparation would be necessary.


bigbaggyeyes · 17/05/2021 11:58

I shower in the morning and turn up on time


CafeMochaVodkaValiumLate · 17/05/2021 12:00

@Hobnobsandbroomstick ha I like your style!

Thanks for the tips. I will also have DS7 in tow which is less than ideal.

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cupsofcoffee · 17/05/2021 12:00

Nothing except for shower as close to the appointment as possible.


Rakip · 17/05/2021 12:03

Nothing, I shower in the morning and wear trousers to the appointment.

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