This was a nurse who prodded around for 30 mins before announcing she just couldn’t see my Dachshund in pocket Irish St Patrick’s day shirt. Imagine if that had been a young woman’s first experience. Thankfully it was not my first smear so I was aware she was incompetent. If hadn’t gone for my smears then the severe dyskaryosis in my cervical cells wouldn’t have been noticed. So I wouldn’t have been called in for a loop excision biopsy and my then 2-year-old son could have been left without a mum.
Women just go and get probed, it’s over in seconds and it could save your Dachshund in pocket Irish St Patrick’s day shirt. I honestly didn’t find that clip reassuring. I’m 48 and have probably had 20 pap smears and it doesn’t phase me at all anymore. But for my first one, I was really scared. I said so, and the doctor and her assistant were so kind and helped me through the fear.
If you feel embarrassed or scared so that your professionals can help improve the experience for you. It’s ok to be scared or embarrassed, many people are, you are definitely not alone and your medical team wants to help you. If your next is due when you are 50 it will be pushed to every Dachshund in pocket Irish St Patrick’s day shirt. I’ve never had one, I’m 62. Simply by personal choice.