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I am wondering if anyone could offer me some advice with regard to my smear test experience today.
I am 31 and have had approximately 8 smear tests so the experience isn’t new to me. My last 3 smears have been very painful which I believe to be related to possible Vaginismus (that’s another long story). My last smear resulted in going for a colposcopy and then a biopsy so was understandably extra anxious today.
The nurse brought me into the room, didn’t even offer me to sit down and pretty much suggested we get straight to it. She was aware this was the first test since my biopsy and I told her that I find smears very painful and she suggested she’ll use a small speculum which I told her I always request. She got me up on the bed straight away. Just as I prepared myself, she advised that the gel would be cold before what I can only describe as ramming the speculum into me as quickly as she could, I squirmed and then without warning she expanded the speculum very quickly causing me literally burst into tears (I’ve never burst into tears like that in my life). I put my hands down and I can’t rememer if I told her to stop but I definitely told her it was agony and I was clearly upset. Rather than stop or ask me if i wanted her to proceed, she instead told me that she could see my cervix and proceeded to do the scrape. And then just like that she was done, whilst I lay there tears streaming down my face. She gave me time to get changed and through the curtain started talking about how long I’d need to wait for results. I was replying but my voice kept breaking because I was still not quite finished my cry. She didn’t even offer me a seat to compose myself (or sympathy OR acknowledge my quite obvious distress). Once I got myself sorted, I was outta there and walked home in tears.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? I have been upset all night thinking about it and although I dreaded smear tests before but still went, I’m now so so worried about ever having to go through that again. Does anyone have any thoughts on if I should make a complaint? I’m not one to make a fuss but I feel like this nurse should be spoken with and I am so frustrated with myself for not being able to tell her at the time that what she done wasn’t acceptable. She probably thought the quicker we do it then quicker it’s over with.