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So I've been putting it off but today I went for my - technically - first smear.
I'm 27 (Coming up 28) and I'd been ignoring those letters that start arriving when you turn 25. I know, it's silly. The reason I saytechnically is because some years ago I did go in for an internal examination at the docs in which they did use the speculum then too etc.. It wasn't specifically for a smear though, it was to check me as I had been suffering with pain inside, with sex or anything really. I did a Chlamydia test and it was even painful to put the cotton bud thingy in to get a sample! I do remember I did find it quite painful when they used the speculum back then. I also suffered at home afterwards with a pain in my lower abdomen for a few hours, It kinda felt like I'd been nicked inside or something. So that's why I've been putting off my smear.
The doc said everything looked fine and sent me to hospital for an internal ultrasound to check everything was ok. There was also nothing found.
So then I didn't have a clue why I had pain - like a rawness/soreness, I thought maybe it could just be me tensing up. I tried to relax with intimate time with my now ex, but it still hurt. I also had/have very low libido - I think partially probably down to the pain putting me off.
So then since me and my ex split I've not really thought about that issue anymore. I put it to the back of my mind but I have on occasion wondered if it's still bad, if it would effect any future relationship etc.. (Been single for 3 years now)
Anyway today was the day of my actual smear test (which I ended up getting booked in as the nurse asked me about if I'd had one on my Pill review checkup last week and when I said no.... she said I really should have it done, so I said ok. (I didn't mention about the previous pain issue)).
I was a little nervous but nothing crazy, got undressed and laid down. She put some lube on the speculum and straight away as she inserted it, ouch! Pain and I was wriggling about a bit. I tried to stay calm but the pain was overpowering that which didn't help and probs made me tense up more and it hurt more. When she then opened it, Oouch - even more pain and it didn't go away. I'd heard it was supposed to just feel like pressure, but it was actually quite painful. I held it together apart from wriggling, felt like crying a little but just shut my eyes tight.
She said my cervix was slightly tilted so I needed to put my hands under my bum. Then she used the brush, felt it swab round a few times and it was over in a flash. The brush felt like nothing really, that wasn't uncomfortable at all compared to the speculum.
So glad it's over with and I hope the sample is adequate cause I would rather not be going back for another one anytime soon. I didn't mention anything about the pain there and then, I should have, but I just wanted to get out and back home.
I feel ok this evening and not additional pain apart from when I pee it does feel a tad sore/stingy, like theres a miniscule cut or something.
So really, I was just wondering if anyone else has/is suffering from the same kinda thing and really any advice?
Many thanks in advance and sorry if it's all a bit TMI x
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