Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Smear Tests

It has been brought to my attention that some of you ladies are getting a bit lax about making appointments for your smear tests!!!!!!!!

This is not on ladies.

If you had spots would you ignore them?

If you sneezed would you not stock up on tissues and cold medicines?

We are BLESSED with an early warning system that is designed to spot any changes that happen. A SMEAR TEST.  You have to remember that even if you get an abnormal result, that doesn't mean it is cancer. There are things that can be done to stop any changes DEVELOPING into cancer.

Women say, "but it's uncomfortable"

Here is my tip.

It is called the RELAXED FROG

Ok, possibly not THAT relaxed but you get the idea.

Knees up then let them fall apart. One relaxed frog and lets face it, if you have the picture above in your head then you are going to be relaxed. (That statement may possibly become my mantra anyway)

I'm not going to preach at you.

This is something you ALL know anyway. Smear tests SAVE lives.

If you have been putting off your smear test then go and make an appointment today.

It is important (Ok, i'm preaching)

Let me know if you make an appointment or if you want to share your story below please do so

Big Fashionista x  x


  1. There is NO test uncomfortable enough if it means any type of cancer detection, not even a mamogram(i personally find that more uncomfy).


  2. This is something I feel very strongly about. I used to have more regular tests because I have had so many abnormal results and pre-cancerous cells in the past last test was clear.
    If I had never had these tests, I would never have known there were any abnormalities and it may have been too late for me.
    I don't care how embarrassed/uncomfortable you feel - it is potentially a lifesaver.
    My mum's best friend died in her late 40's of cervical cancer. she had never had a smear in her life. They found the cancer just weeks before she died - if only she hadn't ignored her smear test appointment letters :(
    No excuses's got to be done.

  3. The other thing to remember is that the GP smear test isn't particularly accurate either.

    4ish years ago I had a clear result. When I went for the next one it came back as 'borderline'. I then had another 2 smears at 6 month intervals that also came back 'borderline' before I was booked for a colposcopy and biopsy.

    At that examination the consultant reassured me that, as far as he could determine, I was somewhere between 'borderline' and CIN I. That appointment was on the 6th September, I received a letter, dated the 16th Sept, on the 18th and was booked to have the loop induction treatment at 9.30am on the 20th! It turned out to be CIN II which is moderate (about 2 thirds of cervix is affected).

    Now this isn't meant to cause alarm but considering that this is something that takes years to develop, I could not believe that the former tests had been so wrong and bloody grateful that it was caught when it was. Even after the procedure they send the bits of cervix to the lab to double check!

    Anyway, I've had the treatment, results from the lab are fine and I go for another smear at the hospital in April (apparently I'll have 2 smears over a year at the hospital then be signed off and back to the GP).

    I think that all in all it was the speed of response from the NHS (!) that really freaked me out about just how serious this could have been, and in some way indicated some kind of culpability (if that's the right word) in respect of the previous duff results.

    So, leave your pride on the doorstep (and pick it up on the way out), do the frog, think pleasant thoughts and it's over in minutes!

    Deb :-)

  4. You know Ive booked mine, so Im off the hook :D

  5. As soon as I got the letter just after my 25th birthday (which is too late in my opinion) I rang up my doc and booked it.
    I really don't see the big deal in having one done, yes it's not the nicest feeling in the world but it's your health. Cancer isn't the nicest thing in the world is it?
    For a moment of feeling uncomfortable to avoid a shorter life and pain and suffering, to you and your family. Know which one I'd pick.


  6. i turned 25 in July and went to have my smear, there was never a question over me doing this as my health is so much more important then a little discomfort or showing A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL my lady bits ;) anyways i had my test and it came back abnormal, therefore i have a follow up appointment in january, i WON'T miss this appointment! i never understand people who won't go to be checked up, as a student nurse i have seen more vaginas then i ever cared to and the nurse doing your smear has no doubt seen countless more! unless yours has eyes and recites rap lyrics when it fancies, yours is normal too :)
    LADIES look after your vaginas/cervix/womb the way you would look after your face or hairstyle! good sexual health is as important as taking a cold and flu remedy when you have a sniffle!

  7. I had a load of reminders at the start of the year, and the best thing I did was book a smear test. It came back as abnormal and they booked an appointment at the hospital for a biopsy.. once there they found a lot of nasty cells and removed them straight away.. I was then told a few weeks later that these cells were high grade pre-cancerous, and that if it had been left, things would not have looked good. I am back to the hospital in January to check on the affected area... PLEASE do not ignore your letters as they surely will save your life x

  8. It's not the most pleasant experience in the world...but then neither is doing the washing up but we still all do that! It takes a couple of minutes and there's nothing your doctor/nurse hasn't seen before. Don't avoid those letters ladies!!!

  9. I admittedly dodged mine for a while, and managed to faint when I had my first one (from something unrelated). It's not comfy, but at least it is swift and painless, unlike cancer.

  10. OK, I am going to be honest, put my hands up and say yes, I have been putting my latest one off for a while.
    Why? Because of the 4 tests I have had done in the past 2 of them butchered me! The nurses at two different doctors somehow managed to knick me and I end up pouring with blood. Then, of course, the sample come back inconclusive because there is blood on the sample.
    So, yeah, I'll admit I have put it off. Not consciously, I guess my brain wants to protect my vagina from another butchering. But I guess cancer would be whole new level of bad.

  11. Elizabeth it's such a shame that you had a bad experience but please don't put it off any longer. For most women it is such a simple quick painless thing that it is forgotten about in minutes.

    See if there is somewhere else that you can go and have it done. Like you said, it's still a lot less painful than the alternative. X x x x

  12. Done. I've moved surgeries anyway since I've moved down South, so I'm hoping for a better experience.
    Booked in for next Wednesday!
    Thank you for kicking my butt.

  13. I don't want any pathetic excuses about being embarrassed, or how its uncomfortable. Just do it, anyone who doesn't, just do it.

  14. I'd say that the level of discomfort is nothing compared to having unnecessary chemio and all that. When I was working at the surgery, there was a young mum of 3 who died of cervical cancer, it was heartbreaking for them and the family.
    I am due my appointment, but I have to wait until I stop my medication treatment because it causes bleed and they won't do it if there's any blood... but I will do it, and all women should !

    By the way... I learnt something very important a while ago, maybe not a lot of you are aware of that. Mind you not a lot of you will be targeted, I expect a lot of the BF audience is still very young, but it could be your mum or auntie and they might want to know.

    Now remember, I am no doctor or anything of the like. All I am saying is in my knowledge, which can by all means be flawed. When I worked at the GP surgery, I was under the impression that once you've had a histerectomy, and therefore the cervix is removed, you come off the list for smears. However I know of someone who's had one, but she is still being called for smears because apparently there are still cervical cells embedded in the walls of the vagina. Now I don't know if that's true or not. But if your GP says you no longer need to have smears, do check/take advice from someone else.

    Hope this might help someone. I am not by all means scaremongering. But I think if someone does know for definite I'd like to know, and in the meantime, if I were to have a hysterectomy tomorrow, I think I'd think twice about stopping the smears...

  15. Oh hell yes a smear test is way better than bouts of chemo when it's too late! Take it from someone who knows! Really glad you're posting about this :) xx

  16. Finally did mine at age of 25.
    It took 2 pints first and ordering the 15yr Urban Decay eye liner set :)

  17. I was due for an appointment with the gynaecologist later in the week. Early
    one morning, I received a call from the doctor's office to tell me that I
    had been rescheduled for that morning at 9:30am. I had only just packed everyone off to work and school, and it was already around 8:45 am. The trip to his office took about 35 minutes, so I didn't have any time to

    As most women do, I like to take a little extra effort over hygiene when making such visits, but this time I wasn't going to be able to make the full effort. So, I rushed upstairs, threw off my pyjamas, wet the washcloth that was sitting next to the sink, and gave myself a quick wash in "that
    area" to make sure I was at least presentable. I threw the washcloth in the clothes basket, donned some clothes, hopped in the car and raced to my appointment.

    I was in the waiting room for only a few minutes when I was called in. Knowing the procedure, as I'm sure you do, I hopped up on the table, looked over at the other side of the room and pretended that I was in Paris or
    some other place a million miles away. I was a little surprised when the doctor said, "My, we have made an extra effort this morning,haven't we?" I didn't respond...

    After the appointment, I heaved a sigh of relief and went home. The rest of the day was normal... some shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc. After school when my six year old daughter was playing, she called out from the
    bathroom, "Mommy, where's my washcloth?" I told her to get another one from the cupboard.She replied, "No, I need the one that was here by the sink, it had all my glitter and sparkles saved inside it."


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