(0)
0 Items £0.00

First test!

4 posts / 0 new
Last post
Nw12
First test!

Hi everyone, I’m new to this forum! After getting reminders from the GP that I need to book a test, I reluctantly have one booked for this Wednesday. I’m so scared! What happens if ‘my body’ doesn't let it happen? I rang the helpline who were so helpful and gave me information about what the screening will entail but just really want to cancel it...one reason due to embarrassment... any tips? Thanks so much in advance x

Jazza
Jazza's picture

Hi

Really well done you, for overcoming your reluctance and booking the test, you're not far off being half way there.  Feeling embarrassed, first time round, is an understandable and normal reaction.  But, remember, for the person doing your smear it's just 'another day in the office', they have seen it all before, many times, all shapes and sizes.  One tip is to wear a skirt so you won't have the palava of taking trousers/jeans off.  Another tip is to take slow deep breaths, during the test, to help you relax.  You could try practising that before Wednesday. When you get to your appointment it's perfectly OK to tell the nurse how you are feeling and ask any questions you may have.  Smear tests are important and, I promise you, so so worth it. 

I do a lot of awareness raising of the importance of smear tests (since my cervical cancer diagnosis).  I've never met anyone who regretted getting a smear test but I've met a few who regretted NOT getting them (me included!)

Take care

x

Feb 04:  (age 47y) Smear test normal

Stopped going for smears!

Summer 16: persistent 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

Jul 19:  NED.  Various side effects notably hypotonic bladder since hysterectomy - ongoing ISC, unilateral lymphoedema lower abdo/groin/leg/ankle/foot

 

 

Nw12

Thank you Jazza for your reply!  What happens if it isn't possible to do it due to nerves/pain etc? I think I'd feel really deflated and not wanting to have another one done... x

Jazza
Jazza's picture

Hi

If you are concerned about pain, you could take a painkiller e.g. paracetamol an hour before your appointment. 

Try and take it a step at a time and not worry about 'what if'.  Also, it's helpful to let the person doing the smear know how you are feeling so they can make adjustments. You won't be their first worried patient. 

All the best

x

Feb 04:  (age 47y) Smear test normal

Stopped going for smears!

Summer 16: persistent 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

Jul 19:  NED.  Various side effects notably hypotonic bladder since hysterectomy - ongoing ISC, unilateral lymphoedema lower abdo/groin/leg/ankle/foot