My Smear Test Experience

19.3.17


Smear tests. They don't sound nice, but it will save your life.

In Scotland, the age to start getting these tests was 20 years old. They have now upped the age in 2016 to 25 to be in line with England and Wales. In my opinion, this is like the NHS playing Russian roulette with women's lives.


Luckily, I got my first ever smear test at 20 years old. I wasn't nervous, I remember going with my mum to see the doctor to get hers done over the years so I knew what to expect. Obviously I thought it would hurt, but after reassurance from my mum, I went along.

The test is not sore in the slightest, but I'll admit it's slightly uncomfortable! It's over within minutes. Once I had mine done, I thought, like my mum, it would be fine and I would go back in three years. I was wrong..

A couple weeks later, I got a letter saying my test came back and it wasn't clear. I was really worried and didn't know what to expect. Six months later, I was invited for another smear test but this time at the hospital.



I went along with my mum as I didn't know what to expect. I was taken into a room with a doctor and she was absolutely lovely! She asked me a few questions, just to understand my background and if I had any other health conditions. She also explained why I was there, I had abnormal looking cells and just wanted to check it out. Once we had a little chat, I was asked to undress my bottom half and lie on the bed, legs apart. I'm not going to lie, this is a bit embarrassing especially when it's a stranger looking at your lady parts!



Now, the medical equipment does look a bit scary, but I can assure you it's not sore getting a smear, just slightly uncomfortable. I had my smear test at the hospital and went on my way.

From the ages of 20 to 23, I was in and out of hospital for smear tests and biopsies as my abnormal cells wouldn't go away. Getting a biopsy doesn't hurt, the doctor will ask you to cough so she can take a sample. I did have stomach pain after, like a period, but nothing too bad.

At my last smear test in the hospital, I was told if I had another abnormal result, I would be getting treatment. This petrified me as I didn't know what the treatment was.

Luckily, my abnormal cells cleared up on their own and I now have to get a smear test at my doctors surgery once a year until I have 5 clear tests.

What is even scarier is, if I ignored my invitation for a smear, my abnormal cells could have turned into cancer.

Please do not ignore your invitation for your smear test. It literally is playing Russian roulette with your life.


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