I've had an invitation for a cervical screening test

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20 Jul 2021, 3:42 pm

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Hi. I hate smear tests, because I faint afterwards. Sometimes in the waiting room, sometimes on the path outside. It is a horrible feeling, which is why I haven't been for many years. Here in the uk, there has been a media campaign to get more people to go by telling them that it doesn't hurt. This has made me feel like there is something really wrong with me as a woman, so it has been reassuring to read these posts; not because I am glad that other women have similar problems, but because here, people are talking honestly about the problems which exist. Thank you.


I've always felt alone in this, which is why I glad I wrote this thread. If I read about it in magazines, it just says about people avoiding their smear tests because they feel embarrassed, but I don't feel embarrassed about having a smear test, it is just unbearably painful and it feels like someone is shoving a dagger up there.


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22 Jul 2021, 5:37 pm

Sometimes the dr has two different sizes, and they could use a smaller one (if you ask). Mine does this for me.

It also helps to find a dr who will be patient with you and talk you through everything. The best doctors should do this.

If I feel rushed or belittled, I look for a different doctor.

Many women (and doctors!) don't understand vaginismus, it is very unfortunate :|


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22 Jul 2021, 8:45 pm

that1weirdgrrrl wrote:
Sometimes the dr has two different sizes, and they could use a smaller one (if you ask). Mine does this for me.

It also helps to find a dr who will be patient with you and talk you through everything. The best doctors should do this.

If I feel rushed or belittled, I look for a different doctor.

Many women (and doctors!) don't understand vaginismus, it is very unfortunate :|


In the UK the practice nurse does smear tests. Same person who takes your blood samples and so on. You wait in the waiting area and get whatever nurse is available. Though, if you've had a bad experience with one nurse you could request a different one.



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23 Jul 2021, 6:39 pm

that1weirdgrrrl wrote:
Sometimes the dr has two different sizes, and they could use a smaller one (if you ask). Mine does this for me.

It also helps to find a dr who will be patient with you and talk you through everything. The best doctors should do this.

If I feel rushed or belittled, I look for a different doctor.

Many women (and doctors!) don't understand vaginismus, it is very unfortunate :|


The nurse did use the smallest size but it still hurt like anything to the point where the smear test just couldn't be performed. The nurse wasn't impatient or anything. I'm just living in hope that I'll never get cancer down there, that's all.


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23 Jul 2021, 11:59 pm

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In the UK the practice nurse does smear tests. Same person who takes your blood samples and so on. You wait in the waiting area and get whatever nurse is available. Though, if you've had a bad experience with one nurse you could request a different one.


I had no idea. I apologize!


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24 Jul 2021, 12:46 am

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In the UK the practice nurse does smear tests. Same person who takes your blood samples and so on. You wait in the waiting area and get whatever nurse is available. Though, if you've had a bad experience with one nurse you could request a different one.


I had no idea. I apologize!


No need to apologise. I was just giving an explanation for non-British readers.



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15 Aug 2021, 3:47 pm

I understand your fear, but if you're a woman age 27 or older, completing a pap smear once every year is a necessity.

I live in the US, so I'm not sure what the process is like in your location, however I would never respond to letters from the government or medical officials who were not my own personal doctors.

Do your own research and find a reputable gynecologist who seems trustworthy, kind, and willing to understand you and make you more comfortable around the process. Schedule an appointment with them to complete a pap smear and repeat that appointment once every year. It's important.

It's also important that you get comfortable with your body. I use this every day, just a gentle massage and it's lubricating and nice. It may also help during the appointment, because it does help with sex. As a person with ASD, I'm adamant about only using organic/natural products that are limited ingredient and nontoxic.

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15 Aug 2021, 3:55 pm

Technically the letter is from the NHS, which is our National Health Service. They send reminders out every 3 years in the UK, I don't think they usually offer yearly tests, but you can request a test if you are concerned.

In the envelope there is a letter inviting you to go to the GP practice where you are registered for your cervical smear. And there is a leaflet included which contains this info: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/