As I write this, I’m sat at home waiting for the time to leave for my first smear test.
I’m really late in having my first test. I’m 29 and the age you will begin to receive invites for smear tests is 24.
I’ve been putting it off and putting it off and I really shouldn’t have been. Since I’ve turning 24 I’ve had more children than I have smear tests.
I’m not sure whether it’s the procedure itself or fear that results will come back abnormal, but I’ve let the anxiety over it consume me.
There are numerous reasons that I have now finally plucked up the courage to go, but I’m finally going and I wanted to share my experience.
I’m home. It’s all over. Aaaaand it wasn’t actually that bad. Did I feel a tad awkward and a lot on show? Yes. Did it hurt? No.
I was expecting it to be painful and to end up in a state of panic. But I was ok. It was uncomfortable but definitely not painful.
My mum agreed to come with me for a bit of moral support and I’m glad she did. I’ll definitely be ok going alone next time but it was nice to know that I had someone there if I did panic for my first one.
The nurse I had was lovely and because this was my first smear and because I had told her that I was anxious, she talked me through every step. She told me what she was doing as she was doing it and it was over very quickly.
Moral of the story – nothing is ever as bad as it seems and it’s always best to voice any concerns to the appropriate person so they can put your mind at ease.
It was recently reported on the BBC that there are approximately 3 million women who have not been tested for at least three and a half years (admittedly I was one of those). The test is a preventative test, it’s just like going to visit the dentist – you get your teeth checked to prevent them falling out. And a smear test is no different.
If you are 24 or over, book yourself an appointment and get yourself checked. It takes no longer than 2 minutes and although it’s not a pleasant experience it it’s certainly not painful.
If I can do it, you definitely can