What to expect from a cervical screening

This year I’ve had my third cervical screening. I only had my first at the age of 25 as I missed it when the law changed previously; I was 16 at the time so instead of waiting four years for my first, I had to wait nine instead. I’m a strong believer that the age should be lowered again as although I know it doesn’t necessarily detect all abnormalities, there is still more chance of detecting them with one, than from not having one at all.

I will admit, I was pretty terrified when it came around to having my first one as it was only 12 weeks after I had given birth to Jacob; I’d had a slightly traumatic birth and was still very much in pain. I will say it did hurt a little because of the birth pain I was still feeling, but it wasn’t even half as bad as I had expected it to be. The second and third time around I was geared up for it; very passionate about having it done and it never really bothered me.
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What to expect

If you have not yet had a cervical screening, either because you are still too young or you’re putting it off because you’re scared; I’m going to let you know – in plain terms – what to expect when you do have one. The nurses who have carried mine out have been lovely; I would say if I wasn’t already relaxed they would have put me even more at ease. That is such an important point too – don’t panic or worry.

I had to strip my bottom layers off and hop up on the bed; but I was provided with some of that paper roll stuff to preserve a little dignity. (Though what’s that when you’ve given birth anyway?!). I then had to put my feet together and bend my knees; after that it was legs akimbo! The key thing here is to relax and it will barely hurt, if at all.

My top tip is to take a couple of painkillers half an hour beforehand; you probably won’t feel a thing then. The nurse then put the speculum up my vajayjay; (she had a quick check too as I currently have a mirena coil in) and then she took a quick swab. All this feels like is a light scraping. And then, it was over – just like that!

Once it’s done and the screening sent off, the results should be back in a few weeks.

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