Why you need to go for your smear test

Whilst smears might not be fun, they are so so important.

Last year I had a smear that came back abnormal, this was not a new thing for me, since I was 18 I’ve hardly ever had a normal smear, so I get one every 6 months. But this one was a little different.

After a few biopsies, they cut a little sample from your cervix…not fun but not that painful (like a little pinch), the results came back & they’d found pre cancerous cells. I reacted like anyone would, I cried hysterically, I called my best girls & I cried some more.

I was booked in for a loop diathermy a few days after my test results, this is where they remove any abnormal cells & it can either be a local or general anesthetic, I went in for the local anesthetic. Obviously I was terrified but the gynocologist (who I feel I know pretty well by now!) & the nurses did everything they could to calm me down, they were fantastic. The procedure lasted all in all around 45 minutes, I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t nice and the 8 week recovery time was pretty horrible but the most terrifying thing? If I hadn’t gone for that smear then they would have been treating me for cancer.

I know so many people who have skipped smears because they are uncomfortable or they are embarrassed to go but just think about the alternative for a second. Would you rather have 10 minutes of embarrassment every few years or have something go unnoticed and result in the dreaded C word? I didn’t think so! Do yourself & your vagina a favour and book yourself in for a smear, I know you are over due.

7 Comments

  1. Cassie January 8, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    Love your blog and glad everything worked out for you, but from a medical perspective it’s really important to be clear that not all pre-cancerous cells lead to cancer. It’s obviously important to act on any abnormalities from a smear test and get pre-cancerous cells removed, but perhaps a bit mis-leading in the statement.

    • Honeypop Kisses January 8, 2017 / 2:53 pm

      Thanks for your love lady. Obviously I’m not a medical expert, I’m just trying to raise awareness by sharing my experience. And drum in that it’s important not to skip your smear tests!

  2. Elanor January 8, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    The same thing happened to me after my son was born… so glad I kept going back for smear tests!

  3. Kirsty January 8, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Love this post. I had a similar procedure done on Thursday, and have been feeling a bit freaked out since. Your post reminds me that, while not pleasant, going for my smear was a thousand times better than what could have developed. Xx

  4. Louise January 10, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    I worked as a practice nurse and I did almost 200 smears in the last year working there. I think I made the lady feel comfortable and had it over with as wick add possible. Don’t be embarrassed the person doing the smear doesn’t judge you they admire you for looking after yr health…always have it around 11/16 days after yr first day of bleeding which is best call andbooked on your first day so you don’t forget..stay healthy ppl…I have seen many ladies eradicate the problem before it was too server error. SMEARS SAVE LIVES. For all the new mums out there get it done after yr 3rd normal period or of breast feeding and not menstruating 3 months after the birth. Make the appointment. Louise

    • Louise January 10, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      Sorry for the misspellings Swype texting on a rant!!

  5. Louise January 10, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    I worked as a practice nurse and I did almost 200 smears in the last year working there. I think I made the lady feel comfortable and had it over with as quick as possible. Don’t be embarrassed the person doing the smear doesn’t judge you they admire you for looking after yr health…always have it around 11/16 days after yr first day of bleeding which is best call and booked on your first day of period so you don’t forget..stay healthy ppl…I have seen many ladies eradicate the problem before it was too severe. SMEARS SAVE LIVES. For all the new mums out there get it done after yr 3rd normal period or if breast feeding and not menstruating 3 months after the birth. Make the appointment. Louise

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