First Pap Smear

posted 7 months ago in Emotional
Post # 31
2533 posts
Sugar bee

1) Take deep, calming breaths

2) Request the “12 and under” speculum 

Post # 32
1984 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

Well done for doing it! That you are a virgin is will be able to look for any changes when you go for your next one. No one should die from cervical cancer because they were too embarrassed to get a smear test. Having known someone who died from cervical cancer that spread I feel so strongly about women getting it over and and done with every 3 years (UK) I understand that it’s painful for some ladies but it’s surely worth it for peace of mind. 

Post # 33
640 posts
Busy bee

My first pap smear was rough. I wasn’t even a virgin but I do have endometriosis although I don’t think that had anything to do with it. The doctor was great and explained what she was doing as she was doing it but it still hurt. I felt pretty tuckered out after all the poking and proding for some reason so I went home and took a nap and when I woke up the first thing I felt was soreness down there and got a little scared that something was wrong until I fully woke up and realized I was ok. The good news? It’s only gotten easier since! 

Post # 34
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I didn’t think you needed one if you were a virgin either. Also here (UK) they won’t do one when you’re pregnant so I technically missed my last one as it was due just as I got pregnant. I had it done though as soon as possible after the baby was born.

yes it’s uncomfy, but my last one was done in a new way where the nurse used a little brush to get the cells and that was sooooo much better. 

Here the age is now 25 which I think is too old (it was 20 for my generation) but we also have a vaccination programme for HPV in schools. 

I always think that a few mins discomfort is much better than dying. 

Post # 35
1439 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Just an FYI to everyone saying virgins don’t need Pap smears. Not all cervical cancer is caused by HPV, so women actually should start getting Pap smears even if they are a virgin into their 20s. Some cervical cancers are adenocarcinomas (rather than squamous cell carcinomas) and are similar to the type of cancer that arises inside the uterus. They are not caused by HPV, and have no link to sexual activity. 

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