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Cervical smears

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by y4me, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. y4me

    y4me New commenter

    I've just had my three yearly letter again.......but found the test sooooo incredibly painful the last time, despite taking prescribed tranquilisers beforehand, that the thought of going again is causing a lot of anxiety......Does anyone have any suggestions for relaxation techniques or similar, that can help make the experience more bearable?? Also, I've just watched the 'Embarrasing Bodies' programme on Channel 4, where one of the lady dox went for hers, and she didn't bat an eyelid.....I did note though, that she saw a consultant gynaecologist, rather than her practice nurse, as most of us mere mortals have to do!!!
    Thanks!!!![​IMG]
     
  2. You can get a local anaesthetic cream that is suitable for that area, I was prescribed it but it turns out the stuff is available over the counter at cheaper than presciption price. It's called something like lidocaine? / lanocaine?. The pharmacist should know the stuff.
    Of course it only works on the areas it can reach but depending on where you feel the pain it could make the experience totally pain free or al least lower the anxiety by making you know that at part of you won't feel anything.
    Hope it works out for you, I ended up being sent to a hospital specialist to get it done because the practice nurse was unable to do it without causing extreme pain. You can also specifically ask for a small speculum to be used, you do not have to be inflicted with the jumbo one they go for as standard.
    Good luck.
     
  3. y4me

    y4me New commenter

    That sounds promising, RW! Thanx for your reply! How did you get referred to a hospital specialist? Did you request it or did your GP suggest it?
     
  4. Nurse told me to make a appointment with a GP. GP then referred me to the hospital as the intensity of the pain was considered to be enough to warrent further investigation. The hospital specialist just happened to do the smear while I was there. For me though the pain was to the extent that I was shaking and crying and the nurse could not and would not carry on with the smear test.
     
  5. Just out of interest, was the reason for the pain psychological, physical or hamfistedness?
     
  6. y4me

    y4me New commenter

    With me I think it was all three!![​IMG]
     
  7. At least 2 out of 3 and possibly all of them. Definitely physical (have had to have a corrective operation) which was intensified by psycologically triggered physical response. Can't comment on the competence of the nurse but she was certainly not as gentle as the specialist.
     
  8. Urggh. I never had the slightest problem with them when I was younger. As I got into my 40s I definitely felt as though I was being scraped, and losing the GP I'd had for 20 years to a fiddler-and-adjuster-and-fannying-abouter didn't help. I'm sure that made me tense up for later ones, which is never helpful.
    I think once you've had one **** one it's hard to relax for subsequent ones. I could make the same case for blood tests.
     
  9. Poor you, I wish you could come to my surgery! The nurse who did mine a couple of months ago was brilliant, she was so gentle and I felt little more than a slight ***. I must say the plastic speculum rather than the cold metal one they used to use was much better. I was so impressed by the care she took I even told the surgery! (Saying all that I have been lucky to have always been fine about smear tests)
     
  10. Why doesn't it like P R O D ?
     
  11. y4me

    y4me New commenter

    giggirl....please translate!!!!![​IMG]
     
  12. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    I eventually went for mine a few months ago after having delayed for several years.
    Practice nurse was great - nice and cheerful - nothing uncomfortable.


    Mebbee I'll get round to go for a mammogram one day.
    Now that really DOES sound scary!
     

  13. I always dread smears but I'd much rather have them done than get cancer. Giraffe - please please get your mammogram done if you are due one. My mum's one saved her life. She said it's a bit uncomfortable but less embarrassing than a smear lol.
     
  14. I have always found smears painful but the last one was awful. I do think with me it has been psychological but this last time it was physical aswell due to perimenopause. I took ibuprofen an hour before the appointment and it might have taken the edge off it but I suppose I just felt better for taking something. I also told her how worried I was. She was extremely fast and the pain was literally 20 seconds if that! Worth it for peace of mind. Take care xx
     
  15. Do you need to have cervical smears if you have never had sex?
     
  16. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Nobody NEEDS to ... but it's recommended.

    The majority of cancers are caused by the HPV virus that we now immunise girls against, but there are other cancers too.

    I used virginity as an excuse, but now I realise how little there is to a smear, I wish I'd taken the plunge sooner.
     
  17. What don't you understand? To p r o d something... doesn't that make sense?
     
  18. I haven't had one yet but am dreading when they call me for one as I just know I will be in a right state-I am with any invasive procedure.
     
  19. She wrote that all she felt was a slight p r o d but for some reason it came out censored in her post so she made another post saying 'why doesn't it like p r o d?
     
  20. Please go, it really isn't that bad. The nurses who did mine were really good at explaining what they were going to do, it took a few minutes and can definitely detect any small lumps that you wouldn't be able to feel. (I have small boobs so can't speak for the larger ladies!!)
     

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