Back when I was pregnant I received a letter through the post to tell me I was due a smear test. Obviously I couldn’t have it done whilst pregnant but, three months after having Benjamin, I was able to. So, last week whilst having my coil fitted (we do not want a fourth baby anytime soon and I have zero trust in the pill), I also had my second smear test.
I can honestly say that for me, at least, I barely felt a thing. It was over within a minute and now I know that I have had it done and hopefully if anything were wrong they would have picked it up early enough to help me.
I spoke to the doctor about those who choose not to have them done for whatever reason and I was happy to hear that those rates have decreased over the past ten years.
The death of Jade Goody from cervical cancer shocked many and I know that it made me more aware of the importance for smear tests. Having had two of my children by the time I was old enough to have a smear test done I was very concerned when I finally was eligible, and I do strongly believe that the age should be lowered as many girls are sexually active from around their mid teens.
If you’ve been invited for your first smear and are worried, please don’t be. It is a short procedure, which will be mildly uncomfortable but over quickly. It is no more invasive than sex and is routinely carried out everyday by staff who are trained to be as gentle as possible. If you’ve had a baby, it’s likely that you’ll have been through much worse down there, and a smear will be a walk in the park in comparison.
My mum had abnormal cells picked up during a routine smear test several years ago and luckily they were lasered off and, following more regular tests for a few years, she was given the all clear. If they hadn’t of been picked up, things could have ended differently.
A smear test could save your life, so don’t put it off and book yours today.