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    forkie- yeah sounds like I need someone like that
    all the doctors I've been to around here
    and Brisbane are hopeless and very in and out appointments

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToughLove View Post
    I've never had one....are they uncomfortable?
    yes i find them slightly uncomfortable.

    they have a 'thing' that holds your vagina open (that doesn't hurt at all) and they then insert a cotton tip kinda thing to take a sample from from your cervix. While they take the sample it feels kinda like a pressure down there and then you can sorta feel a bit more pressure and a little pinchy feeling (as they take the sample).

    then its all over and I never feel any pain/discomfort after. As soon it its done, it doesn't hurt.

    I wouldn't even say it hurts, it just abit uncomfortable - kinda like a bad period pain/cramp/pinchy thing combined with a feeling of slight feeling of pressure.

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    I've always been told by the dr doing it (and moving around a lot has meant I've seen a numbe rof drs) that it should never be PAINFUL. Uncomfortable yes but painful no. They gave always said to make sure I tell them if it is at painful.




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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    I went looking and found a newspaper article referencing that british medical journal article I was referring to. I personally am not a fan of pap smears. It isn't a fear of them or anything, just my own informed decision. Generally speaking vaginas are pretty nifty. They have the ability to clean themselves. There is also a large portion of women who have had their cervix's damaged even mildly which some believe causes issues with the cervix dialating in labour. I may change my mind in future but for now I am content in not routinely running up to the doctors to have them scrape my vagina.
    hmm, food for thought thats for sure. Im not sure what I think tbh?

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    Ive had 1 and I dont intend on having any more. Ihave my personal reasons and I dont let doctors or friends try and guilt me into it

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    27 and never had one.

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    I have them regularly. A friend had never had one and at 27 she's had to have a full hysterectomy due to cervical cancer....

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    I used to put them off, then in 2010 had one due to bleeding between periods. It came back abnormal. Talk about petrifying. I had to get a Colposcopy and they took a biopsy of my cervix...it came back clear, but was a huge wake up call.

    Now I plan on having them every two years. Pap smears can prevent cervical cancer, it's so worth it for just a few mins of being uncomfortable every two years.

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    I'm nealry 35 and never had one. I have discussed it with a doctor and she agreed that the current procedure would be too traumatic to do, so was fine for me not to have it done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siansmum View Post
    You know, I'd much rather have a Pap smear than go to the dentist! I'm absolutely petrified of the dentist, but having a Pap smear doesn't worry me at all. I've never had any discomfort having it done and honestly, after having given birth twice, a Pap smear is a walk in the park!
    This is me. I would rather have a filling than cancer.
    As another PP said "a walk in the park" after 3 kids.


 

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