Cervical Screening when you have LS

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Neither practice nurse nor GP have been able to complete successfully my most recent cervical screenings because of my pain - in both cases this was more vulval pain (skin split) rather than vaginal, I think.  Has anyone else had this problem - and has anyone else subsequently been able to manage to complete the screening successfully, after these initial experiences? If so, how did you manage it?  Best wishes.

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    I've found a new doctor in the practice now, but the one who originally diagnosed me did a smear. Whilst I was saying I couldn't bear the pain, she told me that, being experienced in the way pain manifested itself, mine was 'anticipatory' ie. imagined. result - big tear which I only noticed that night. Dreading the next one, even though my new doc is really gentle. Isn't there another way to do one of these?
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    I have not had this experience but I know that screenings in my opinion are important even after menopause.  My Dr says maybe every other year not every year . They are saying now if you have never had an abnormal result you can go 3 years. However you should still have a pelvic every year as it is important that your ovaries be checked and they check for any inside tenderness.   Possibly some numbing cream before they try to do it... doesn't mean it will feel good after but may make the exam a little easier. Also maybe a muscle relaxer or tranquilizer before the exam to allow your body to relax and not be tensed up worrying about the pain.  After put warm towels against you and that will help soothe.  I have to do this a lot after intimacy with my husband... tears happen. I have an area that is extremely tender so we have to experiment sometimes to make sure that spot is not getting injured.  This is awful but so many have it worse than I do..I have lost a lot of the area  and didn't even know. I hope things work out for you
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