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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