The Smear Diaries – “Very Boring”

With 1 in 3 women in the UK not taking up the invite for their cervical screening check, I’m striving to help women make informed decisions about their health. I’ve set out to share a variety of experiences of the cervical screening process – from invitation to after-party. Thank you to the women who’ve told me their stories; everything I share in this series is with expressed consent and I’ve changed names where desired.

Sophie, 25.

Mine was honestly really boring but it was my first test. I received lots of information about the procedure in the post and when I hadn’t booked after 6 or 7 months, I was sent a follow-up letter to encourage me to book.

Because it was my first test, at the GP surgery the nurse explained the full procedure again, what the different results could be and the potential for future testing. She also shared with me the likely timeframes of how and when each step would take place.

The nurse ensured she answered any of my questions and made a concerted effort to make me feel 100% happy to proceed. My privacy was of her utmost concern and she kept talking to me throughout; explaining what was happening.

I was able to relax and didn’t feel worried and the test was relatively comfortable.

I believe the results came via text and no further testing was required.

I feel more than happy to have my next cervical smear when prompted by the GP and would encourage all women to go for theirs. Ask questions if you’re worried about anything. Like I said, a very boring account.

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