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Can't get a smear test despite having symptoms

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Can't get a smear test despite having symptoms

Hi all, i went to my doctor to request a smear test approx 2 months ago after experiencing irregular bleeding. I also have an ache in the very bottom of my back/spine near the tail bone amd im tired most of the time! Was told not to worry and to wait until my next smear (due November) I've now had my letter for the test but my doctors surgery is waiting for a new nurse to start so cannot book me in for another 3-4 weeks! My local sexual health clinic no longer carry out the tests. Does anyone have any other ideas where I can go to get tested? Im really starting to worry and dont want to wait another month for my doctors surgery to get a nurse in! Thanks

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Sorry to hear you've got this worrying and somewhat frustrating situation.  I know that the anxiety, I felt from the moment I got some unusual symptoms in 2016, really messed with my perspective. 

I don't think waiting another month for your smear test will have a significant effect on your medical outcome.  The only thing I can suggest, if you decide you really feel you don't want to wait for your test, is to go private.  But I don't have any experience of going down that route.

There are a multitude of conditions that could explain your symptoms.  I think, if it was me, I'd wait for the smear in November.  Meanwhile I'd consider revisiting the GP (maybe a different one assuming there's more than one in your surgery).  I would say that I'm increasingly worried about my irregular bleeding etc and would appreciate his/her advice - I wouldn't ask for a smear, but let them decide.  It's always good to think about what you want to say in the appointment and maybe write it down, beforehand.

Hope this helps in some way?





  • Feb 04:  (age 47y) Smear test normal
  • Stopped going for smears!
  • Summer 16: persistent watery yellow vaginal discharge
  • Dec 16: post menopausal vaginal bleed
  • Jan 17: Hysteroscopy under GA for ?fibroids - abnormal cervix observed -multiple biopsies taken, 1B1  squamous  cell cc diagnosed - confirmed by MRI/PET scans
  • Feb 17: pelvic lymphadenectomy - nodes negative, Da Vinci radical hysterectomy- close anterior margin/LVSI/PNI, restaged to 2A
  • Apr/May 17: 6x chemo, 25x external radio, 2x brachy
  • May 20:  NED.  Various side effects notably hypotonic bladder since hysterectomy - ongoing ISC, unilateral lymphoedema lower abdo/groin/leg/ankle/foot


I have to say I agree with Jazza, another month is not likely to make any difference however your alternative is going private. 

Good luck xxx

11th March 2019- 1st ever abnormal smear. (Never missed a smear)

1st May 2019 - Colposcopy with LLETZ

9th May 2019 - diagnosis ?1B Villoglandular adenocarcinoma and high grade CGIN;

22nd and 23rd May 2019 - MRI/CT

29th May - MDT meeting. MRI/CT clear. Amount of tumour 1A stage.

13th June 2nd LLETZ with top hat procedure 

3rd July Confirmed staging 1A1, clear margins on 2nd LLETZ. Scheduled for laparoscopic hysterectomy, keeping ovaries.

29/8/19 Total Laproscopic hysterectomy with ovarian conservation.

26/9/19 pathology confirms NED:-)

10/3/20 1st follow up including vault smear. Biopsy of presumed granulation tissue.....Confirmed negative :)


Hi Worsel

I think if you are having these symptoms they need to be investigated, not necessarily by a smear test. Any symptoms need a closer look at-the smear is a screening test, not a diagnostic test so I think I’d be pushing my gp to have further investigation of what you’re experiencing. xx

11.9.18:Hysteroscopy/punch biopsies

18.9.18:CC diagnosis-2b

19.9.18:Pelvic MRI

24.9.18:CT pelvic + abdomen/thorax

1.11-24.12.18:4 cisplatin, 32 radiotherapy

10.12.18:Pulmonary embolism

18.2.19:Post treatment check up

28.02.19:Pelvic MRI

02.04.19:3 month check-NED

25.06.19: 6 month check-all ok. 08.10.19: 9 month check. Area of concern found. 17.10.19: Pelvic mri 13.11.19: Pre op assessment 14.11.19: Petscan 26.11.19: Biopsy under GA. 9.12.19: Residual tumour confirmed. Scheduled to have total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo oophorectomy January 2020.

Surgery failed due to radiation damage. Pelvic exenteration-10th March 2020.