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.