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I just wanted to come on here and share my experience. I am 34 years old and recently had my Colposcopy and punch biopsy.... awaiting results 😬
I've struggled throughout the years with smears in terms of not being able to tolerate the speculum and a result having a failed the examination 😭 to the point I've had them done under GA
I've tackled those fears and I am able to be examined. My last smear was mildly abnormal and HPV. I attended my Colposcopy... I asked the Dr once the speculum was inside to let me adjust and get used to it. She said wiggle your toes, which I did and I've never experienced a speculum being opened without even being aware. Honesty this made 10000% difference to my experience. I never felt a thing. I just had to share this tip/technique for those that also suffer with the speculum examination. I was able to have my Colposcopy and biopsy (local anesthetic gel) completely discomfort free. And I have such bad medical anxiety this honestly would have been impossible previously.
Hope this helps someone going through the same fears..wiggle your toes! I've never heard this or have been advised this before. I guess it relaxes your muscles down there. 😊