(Closed) Pap Smear worries and NuvaRing question

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ForeverBirds:  I don’t know anything about the NuvaRing cost, but the pap smears really aren’t that bad. I started having them done yearly when I was 17. It’s not the most comfortable thing ever, but it doesn’t last long either. I can’t imagine that it would be anything near what labor pains would be.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

On BCBS it was about $55 for 3 month’s of NuvaRing.  On Aetna its $47 a MONTH.  I am about to switch to HAP, so we’ll see.  It’s generally more expensive than the pill.  When I was OFF insurance, it cost me $300 for 3 month’s of NuvaRing.

 

Paps suck – ask her to warm the tools before she goes in.  I think that helps.  A bad period hurts WAY worse.  As long as you relax, you’ll be fine.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Pap smears are not bad AT ALL…they last maybe a minute and if anything it just feels weird, it’s not painful. When I was on Nuva Ring with my insurance it was usually around $40/month…which is why I switched back to the pill 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Pap smears are no problem for me. It IS a little uncomfortable when they have to expand the speculum, but it’s only for a few seconds and you cannot feel them swabbing for cells. Honestly, I think that they’re overstating the pain.

The ring was $20 a month for me on a sliding scale, but I paid out of pocket (no insurance costs) at a clinic. OTC with a script it was crazy expensive so I went to the clinic instead.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

If a pap smear equals labor pains then I’m suddenly not terrified of giving birth! They can seem scary the first time, but try to relax. I was nervous the first time and told the doctor, so she helpfully explained exactly what she was doing as she was doing it and gave me a heads up before she did anything so I knew to be prepared to feel something. Can’t help you with the cost of the nuva ring, but pap smears are nothing to be afraid of! It can be a bit uncomfortable, but it’s over quickly.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@ForeverBirds:  Paps aren’t that bad. I’ve been getting them since I was 18. They’re slightly uncomfortable, and the first one is scary because of the unknown, I guess. Once I got over them seeing me naked (they see girlie bits every day, no big deal), it was ok. It’s pretty quick and I don’t think I’ve ever had pain afterwards.

Kinda Too Much Information, but I suggest wiping off the lube when they leave the office before you get dressed or it feels wet and gross after you get dressed! There’s always tissues and a garbage can in the room I think lol.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think with no insurance the ring is 85 or 90 actually.  The pap is no big deal at all! I normally dont even feel it.  They always tell me i might have some light bleeding and I had a pap while i was pregnant and they basically guaranteed i would have light bleeding but I never have.  Maybe i have a vagina of steel.

🙂

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ForeverBirds:  This is going to sound disgusting, and I apologize in advance. But the best way I have found to describe how a pap smear feels is like pulling out a really dry tampon that you haven’t had in for very long, and at the very end of your period when it’s really “light”. It’s uncomfortable, but doesn’t really hurt, and it only lasts for a second.  Sorry for the Too Much Information lol, but I just know before I had my first one, I wanted to know more of what to expect than “it’s not that bad.”

Also, I’m surprised that a doctor put you on BC without first doing a pap smear! Most doctors make you do a yearly pap in order to renew your script.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

The speculum is uncomfortable, but there is no PAIN from a pap.  Just a little pressure.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

To me Pap smears aren’t that bad. Uncomfortable YES painful not really. I will say this go to an OB/GYN. unfortunatemines GYN quit her practice about two years ago so I’ve been getting my pap from my primary physician and she sucks. Much more unpleasant. There’s something to be said for it being a specialty. 

Cant help on pricing my insurance covers almost all of my prescriptions. 

 

Oh and as counterintuitive as it is… Relaxing really does help. It’s hard but actually focus on relaxing your muscles down there. 

Post # 13
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807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Paps aren’t very comfortable but they don’t really hurt. Just try to relax, the less tense you are the better it will be.

I don’t have personal experience paying for NuvaRing but I had a friend who was looking into it and decided against it because it was going to cost more than twice what she paid for the pill. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ForeverBirds:  ok well see if she has metal instruments. My general dr uses plastic disposable ones and I think that’s part of the problem. 

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