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Old 10-27-2008, 12:08 PM   #1
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Smear fear


I have had many letter from my GP asking me to come in for a smear test as I am now 21 and sexually active.

I never got told in school what exactly it involves and I am now very fearful to book an appointment.

I have heard it requires a double appointment, and I am unsure how to book it, do I have to tell the receptionist on the phone what I need?? Or do I turn up and hope the GP has time.

Also, how has everyone found their first test?

Old 10-28-2008, 03:27 PM   #2
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Re: Smear fear

I see you are in Scotland. I am in the US and can tell you what my experience is. It really isn't a big deal at all. If you have never been to the Doctor for such and examination it can be quite intimidating and embarassing. After all, this is a very intimate place we are talking about here. However, if you are sexually active you need to be using Birth Control and protecting yourself against STDs. Here it's just lay on the table they insert a speculum into your vagina scapre your cervix (mouth of your womb) put it on a slide and send it for test of irregular cells. It's really quite painless and quick. After you go have these exams a couple of times you won't be so frightened. It's okay really.

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Old 10-29-2008, 06:29 PM   #3
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Re: Smear fear

My last smear test was done when I had my IUD removed. Do not be frightened. It is a tiny bit uncomfortable, but it does not hurt. Ask your doctor if he/she can warm the speculum before they insert it as it can feel a bit cold. The scraping will be hardly noticeable. You will wonder what you were worried about once you have it done!

Old 10-29-2008, 09:19 PM   #4
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Re: Smear fear

When you ring up for a appoinment. Just tell the receptionist you need a double app. Being your first time. Your doctor should explain it all to you.
This is a good time to get your breasts checked too.

Old 10-29-2008, 09:49 PM   #5
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Re: Smear fear

The internet is full of information on the smear test. In the US it is called a Pap smear but the procedure is the same for women in all countries.

Old 10-30-2008, 10:32 AM   #6
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Re: Smear fear

I think im just nervous as I dont want them to find anything, I would hate to be told I have something horrible...also the embarassment factor! But I know the embarassment is worth it in the long run.

Do you think I could have my breasts checked at the same time or do I need to make another appointment for that? I was wondering about getting a doctor to check them over since I think I am checking them wrong but didnt know if it would be appropriate to do it at the smear test!

Also, I have booked my smear test and I have it tomorrow! Pretty anxious!

Thanks for all your help!

Old 10-30-2008, 04:26 PM   #7
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Re: Smear fear

here in theUS a breast exam is part of our yearly exam "pap smear" or smear test as you guys call it is just part of the yearly examination. Once you are in and out you will be wondering what you were so anxious about in the first place. Don't sweat it. It will be fine.

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