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Hi everyone, I'm new here and would appreciate anyone's thoughts or advice on my dilemma.
I have always attended for my smear tests since I was first sent for as a young woman and have never missed a single one. When I reached 49 and had my last one the practice nurse told me that I wouldn't be sent for again as I would be over 50, had been through the menopause at 45 and had always had totally clear results. I was delighted as they had started to become quite painful. I was sent for again at age 55 and went to see my GP to ask why and she told me the same as the nurse, that it was a routine letter and with my history (I have had one sexual partner, which is my husband of 35 years and he only had two partners before me) and that my tests had always come back clear my risk was very low so another smear is not really vital especially if it was to cause me pain.
My dilemma is I recently saw a different GP at my practice and she is saying that I should have one! She tried to do an internal just by hand and I nearly screamed as I felt I was going to rip open with the pain. What should I do and who is right and who is wrong?
Thanks in advance.
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