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Monday, 26 March 2018

Let's Talk Smear Tests...

Untitled So today, a year after putting it off, I had a smear test. My first ever smear test to be precise. And whilst it's a subject many don't wanna talk about, and I get why, I'm gonna. I don't know exactly why I put it off for so long. It's not like when Harry Potter's Hogwarts letters keep flying through Privet Drive. Sure they came in thick and fast, but I filed the letters back at my parents and it was only a month ago, I called up my clinic and made the appointment.

It's easy to put off. You can blame being busy, the receptionists putting you on hold for 30 minutes at a time or the general fear. Everyone hears the horror stories. I sure did. A friend of mine described how bad it was and only changed the story when she discovered I was yet to go. Nice try. Part of me always never wanted it because I don't want the possibility of bad news, which I know sounds stupid. But what this article isn't, is something to put you off. If anything I've written this to offer a little insight and to put your mind at rest, if like me, you've not had one done before.

If I could rewind time, I'd book it in sooner. That's my tip no1. Because of how late I was, my doctors were super speedy in getting me in so I was lucky in that respect. And having it done at the doctors I grew up with helped for sure. Now obviously every experience differs, but my nurse was super friendly and informative before the actual procedure, putting me at ease every step of the way. You hear many a thing. It hurts. It's embarrassing. So let's address those. I don't normally get embarrassed. A few weeks ago I chucked people out of their seats to then get chucked out of mine as I'd got on the wrong train, and those in fact were not my reserved seats after all. So no, I didn't feel embarrassed. I did struggle to go to my happy place, but embarrassed I was not.

The procedure itself depends on how relaxed you are, which I know is easier said than done. It's over in a matter of minutes - unless you're stupid like me and go in skinny jeans. And I never thought I'd bring fashion into talking about smears, but there you go. I'm not going to go into every detail, but all that's needed is a sample taken with a brush to get your results.

Does it hurt? Yes but so minimal and it's over before you know it. And when I say 'hurt' - there were no tears, screams or swearing, which for someone who curses on scary rides, says something. Having my braces on, breaking my wrist and falling over in the middle of a main road - all far more painful. And I hope no-one pre-braces reads this. Again, yeah it hurts, but then you get a killer smile - and the pain only lasts a few days - slightly going off topic here...

But long story short, book yours in. It wasn't anywhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be and I'm kicking myself I waited for so long. Following the test, I was told results can be up to six weeks, mine may return slightly quicker as I'm late in having the whole thing done. So now I wait, and in the meantime, I hope this article encourages at least one of you to get yours done too.

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