I had my first pap smear at 18 and continued every two years. Right now I'm basically having my cervix checked every month because of the cervical stitch I have.
It's not as bad as you think it may be and my first time was with a female nurse, yes I was nervous. It's uncomfortable never painful, and if there's pain it's most common from infection you might have. It was over in a minute and she explained it every step of the way.
I had one abnormality once and it went away on its own but after that first time I had more confidence to do it again and I'm glad I did now or I don't think I could cope with cervical incompetence.
Im not here to push anyone into getting it done, but for me it's good knowledge to wield.
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