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Smear test do’s and don’ts…

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'Jeans? Not today.' says Sarzie.

If it’s your first time having a smear test, or even if you are an old-hand, it’s never too late to pick up some good advice from other women. I asked around my girlfriends and here’s their top smear test tips.

I always wear a dress or a tunic, never go in jeans and a t-shirt, you feel vulnerable with your belly poking out. Also when you get up, you’re covered, so there’s no need to rely on a bit of blue paper towel which might blow off!” – Sarzie.

I always request a plastic speculum. I’ve been shocked by a cold metal one too many times! They might try and convince you they’ve heated it up but nothing makes you jump more.” – Debs

Have a good wash down there (seriously, some people don’t!) and always wear something easy to get in/out of. Don’t be nervous, it’ll make it worse if you get uptight.” – Cathy

I’ve always had my smear test with a doctor or nurse that I know. It’s so much easier if you’re already relaxed with someone. Make sure you ask when you book the test.” – Caroline

Got any great tips to share? Let me know…


6 responses »

  1. Sound advice on a sometimes scary subject, Hurrah!

  2. I had a failed test result after an especially uncomfortable smear which I put down to once being told I had a ‘small cervix’ (after another failed attempt – this time for coil fitting, gave up on that idea pronto). I was dreading going back second time.

    When I conveyed my anxiety, it transpires that the first time they used a speculum for a woman that had had children which I haven’t – who even knew there was two sizes?! Not me, that’s for sure. Not the ideal way to learn either but there you go, one size apparently does not fit all 🙂

  3. My tip is to pop a paracetamol half an hour before your appointment, it helps to relax you and also eases the discomfort… But really, it’s not that bad!


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