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Hi all, im 35 and suffer from Vaginismus. I have tried seeing a Phsycologist when i was in my 20's and still could never overcome this issue. When i was 31 I was having issues with random spotting etc and the only way I could have a smear test was under General. This was due to the fact that I was having symptoms and there was no other way I could find out what the issues were. Fortunately my smear came back clear. Fast forward 4 years and I have just been to see the nurse for my routine smear test. I explained my situation but after 3 attempts the pain was too unbearable and she said she would refer me to colposcopy. I'm not 100% sure what will happen now but I was wondering if anyone else has ever suffered from this and how they overcome it? I tried to relax as best as I could but as soon as she tries to take the swab the pain is just too much and i end up getting more stressed and anxious over it.
I have accepted that I will never have penetrative sex because of this issue and reading up that puts me in a low risk cateogry for cervical cancer. I have no symptoms to suggest anything is untoward, I know I have to combat this issue but should I be overly concerned that I cant seem to have a smear test? I asked if I could have the HPV vaccine but that was a NO. Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated