In aid of National Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, we spoke to real women about what their smear test experience was actually like. Read part one and find out what our brand manager had to say! Many women often don't attend their smear test despite the fact it can greatly reduce the possibility of being diagnosed with cervical cancer later on in life. Here is what Charlie and Rose had to say about their smear tests.
Charlie - BeYou Follower
"Smear Test, Shmear Test!"
For some people, their birthday makes them think of cake. Or of a party. Of friends. Of balloons. Of presents. Of an exciting event. Instead, my 25th birthday made me think about my first smear test appointment on the horizon… and cake of course.
Gals 25 and over will know exactly what I’m talking about. Cervical screening AKA the Smear Test is a rather quick and a little uncomfortable (and in some cases a tad embarrassing) test to help prevent cancer. A small sample of cells are taken from your cervix to check for any abnormalities. All done in 5 mins. Easy right?
We have all heard those horror stories from the mate who turned 25 first. They tell you all about the horrendous experience they had at their first smear test. How they had cramps and bled afterwards and had to sit with a hot water bottle. How the nurse was horrible and made them feel humiliated. Oh, the joys!
I went in expecting the worst and truth be told it did start as such. My doctor greeted with me with a sweet smile, asked me when my last period was before then commanding me to strip down whilst she stood with me and didn’t give me any privacy. She didn’t explain what she was going to do, she didn’t lube up the speculum, and she wouldn’t have explained what was going to happen after if I hadn’t hurled my bucket-load of questions at her.
If I can give any advice in this, ASK QUESTIONS. What’s that plastic thingy do? What position is best? Could I have some privacy? What EXACTLY are you doing now? Is there supposed to be blood?! What happens next? Trust me, the anxiety of not knowing what on earth this person is doing to your body is the worst thing happening here.
However, the only question I really wanted an answer to was ‘Is this going to hurt?’ and that was a question that only I could answer by going through it. And I’m afraid to say I cannot provide anything new and ground-breaking. My answer is the same as most women’s, ‘It was a bit uncomfortable but ultimately it was absolutely fine! I don’t know what I was so worried about.’ Heck yeah, it’s uncomfortable. You’ve begrudgingly given a stranger permission to poke at your cervix that, quite frankly, you’ve never wanted to know what it felt like. But here I was a whole two hours fresh out of my appointment and no devasting cramps, no hot water bottle, no pain. A little twinge niggling perhaps, but I’ve got my BeYou patches on hand ready to soothe any kind of niggle that may come my way this evening, a steaming mug of chamomile tea, and the elation of knowing I don’t have to go through a Smear Test for another three years. Smear Test, shmear test.
Rose - BeYou Ambassador
"A smear test could save your life. Don’t skip it just because it’s a little bit awkward."