Why You Don’t Need To Be Nervous About Your Cervical Smear Test

Let’s talk about smear tests because it’s all about keeping it real when it comes to our health. Now, I get why the idea of a smear test might make you a little nervous, but there’s really no need to freak out about it.

Here’s a little about bit them and why you need to get yours booked:

What Is A Smear Test?

The cervical smear, known as a Pap smear or cervical screening, is an important procedure provided by the NHS, and provides a vital role in women’s health.

A smear test checks the health of your cervix, which is the opening to your womb from your vagina. It’s actually not a test for cancer, so don’t panic – it’s one that’s there to prevent cancer.

All women and people with a cervix aged 25 – 64 should be invited to attend a smear test via a letter in the post. The screen removes a small sample of cells to check for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause changes to the cells of your cervix. There are called “high-risk” types of HPV. If these types of HPV are found, you won’t need any further tests. If they are, the sample is checked for any changes to the cells of your cervix and treated before they get a chance to turn into cervical cancer.

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Why You Don’t Need to Freak Out About Your Smear Test:

Routine

When you’re over age 25, smear tests are just a part of your healthcare routine. Nurses do them ALL the time. They’ve got great bedside chat.

You’ll get your own privacy throughout the process. The nurse will leave the room or draw the curtain around the cubicle so you can get ready, and you’ll have a sheet of paper towel to preserve your modesty while you lie back on the bed and stare up at the ceiling…  

It's Quick and Easy

Smear tests are as quick as a TikTok video, not that you’d probably want to film it.

Prep and admin aside, the actual procedure takes seconds as they swab a sample of cells from your cervix using a small, soft brush. Okay, yes, it feels a little bit uncomfy, but honestly, I’ve had much worse haircuts. You know, where they’re yanking your hair away from your scalp without really considering how that actually feels… ooooh, yes, much more painful.

Early Detection Saves Lives

Here’s the tea – smear tests are all about catching any abnormal changes in your cervical cells early on. Getting regular screens will give you peace of mind that you’re doing your bit to prevent cervical cancer or you'll catch it super early.  So, you’ve got this. Focus on the benefits and know you're being a boss babe by taking control of your health.

Speak Up – Support Is Key

Don’t be afraid to speak up; let your nurse know if you’re scared or apprehensive. They get it. They’re there to talk you through exactly what’s going to happen and will support you every step of the way.

It’s All About the Positives

Most smear test results come back totally normal. And if they find something a little off, it’s usually not a biggie. It might just be minor changes that need monitoring or treatment. So, it’s time to catch any issues early on and stay at the top of your game, OR get peace of mind that all is good in the downstairs hood.

Remember, taking care of yourself is the ultimate flex, and getting a smear test is a boss move. Time to show your cervix some love!

 

 

 

 

 

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