Tuesday, 16 April 2019

I Went For My Smear Teat



As you guys can probably already guys from the title of this blog post, I went for my first ever smear test. I had actually been dreading the day that I turned 25 and got my letter to go and get it done. Little did I know that they would actually call me up early and I would break into a cold sweat the moment that I saw the doctor’s details at the head of the letter. That being said, I knew that it was something that I was going to do straight away, and I didn’t hesitate in booking my appointment. I called the doctors the same day and made an appointment for the following week.

The reason why I was so nervous about my appointment and even the thought of having the smear wasn’t because of getting my twink out to a nurse, it was more the anticipation of waiting for the results. Because of my OCD, I seriously lack the ability to wait and I tend to overthink things and blow them massively out of proportion in my mind, which I know is completely unnecessary.

Anyway, I went to my appointment and I will admit that it was uncomfortable and a little awkward. I was literally in the room for only about 3 minutes and it was over and done with. I think the thing that I was uncomfortable with was actually looking at my twink region head on. Even though I have been with people intimately before, I don’t think that I have ever had anybody look me head on and really look at that area in the light of day. But at the end of the day, I would much rather have a stranger look at my twink than lose my life to a condition that can be prevented.

The procedure itself was absolutely painless and it in no way hurt. I did feel a little scratching when they were taking the sample, but it wasn’t painful or even uncomfortable to any kind of degree. Plus, it was that quick, I don’t think it even would have made a difference if it had have been painful.

I am pretty sure that it takes around 2 weeks to get the results back, so for somebody like me with OCD that has a tendency to overthink things, I just need to sit back, relax and put it to the back of my mind. Whatever will be will be and I need to know either way and that is the key thing.

The sole reason why I want to do this blog post is because I think that more people need to get off their ass and go and get their smear test done. It absolutely baffles me that the number of people going for their smear test is at an all time low. I know that it cannot be nice to find out bad news and that some people may just want to bury their head and pretend that it isn’t happening, but surely it is better to find out as soon as you possibly can and get something sorted. Either that or people are just incredibly lazy and cannot be bothered to make a 5-minute appointment. Nobody has an excuse.

I lost my cousin around 6 years back to cervical cancer. She was 24 years old and had two twin baby boys. She was below the age to have a smear, and unfortunately lost her life. Granted, she never got the chance to go and have a smear test done but I know that her horrendous story has given so many people a kick up the arse that they need to make an appointment, have that brief moment of dread about getting your twink out to somebody and get it over and done with.

Anyway, I am going to leave this blog post here. No matter what my results come back as, I am happy that I made the decision and went and had my smear. A 5-minute appointment really can save a life and more people need to go and get it done. It is once every couple of years and if people make out that they are too busy, I call bull-shit. Anyway, here are some of my top tips for your smear:

  • Try and make your appointment for first thing in a morning
  • Plan it around your period
  • Carry wipes with you to freshen up beforehand
  • Wear a skirt or dress so that you only have to pull it up
  • Prep if it will make you feel better (if you are normally bald down there, have a wax and give yourself a tiny confidence boost)
  • Remember that the nurse has seen it all before and then some!
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12 comments

  1. Oh my gosh your poor cousin, I'm so sorry. I hope your results will be OK, it's fab you've shared your experience as it'll definitely encourage others to get that appointment booked xx

    Gemma • GemmaEtc.com ❤️

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  2. Sorry to hear about your cousin but well done you for raising more awareness. I was like you and was more apprehensive for the results but the actual procedure was so quick!

    Katie | www.justkatiee.com XX

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    1. It was, I just don't like the waiting around now!

      Danielle xx

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  3. You are so brave and I couldn't be more thankful for this post! Your honesty and life experiences are so touching thank you for sharing with us x

    These tips and experiences are so useful thanks so much for them!

    http://www.lifeofacameo.com

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    1. It is something that should be spoken about openly and honestly!

      Danielle xx

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  4. Sorry to hear about your cousin! Its great you are sharing this!! I was superrr nervous for mine and i got called up early... i found mine to be fine and not uncomterable to att!! Great post

    Jadieegosh   Instagram

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    1. It is just one of them things that you have to grit your teeth and get on with!

      Danielle xx

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  5. I'm so sorry about your cousin! I've heard a few similar stories and honestly think they should lower the age range for doing the tests as a matter of routine :(
    I definitely think it's one of those things where if you go into it very tense and anxious, it's going to be pretty uncomfortable. When I had my first one I tried to just really focus on breathing and relaxing and it was over in moments with very little fuss!

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. They really should. My friend lives in Scotland and the age there is 19, which is much better!

      Danielle xx

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  6. It's a little while until I have to go for a smear test but it's so important to talk about it and get rid of the 'taboo' surrounding it! xx

    Maiya | www.maiyabellexo.co.uk

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    1. Exactly, it is so important to talk openly about these things!

      Danielle xx

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