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    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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    I had one in '07, then one a few months after having DD (couldn't do it at 6 week check due to unhealed tearing) and I was going to have one tomorrow (booked in at GPs) but I'm not sure that I necessarily will.

    I have cervical incompetence, which means I have to have a stitch when pregnant as well. I don't necessarily know what caused my IC but I don't know that PAP tests won't further damage my cervix.

    FWIW I've only had one sexual partner, so I know that can lower the instance of contracting papiloma/ cervical cancer.

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    Every two years. Will not risk cervical cancer just for a few minutes of being uncomfortable. I also check my breasts on the first day of every month. Such small things can make a huge difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by doglover View Post
    Every two years. Any women that doesn't is very silly.
    I think that's a bit rough. Personally I have no problem getting them done but my Mum who was sexually abused for years cannot have them because she can't bare to be touched by either strangers or men.
    She is also very well informed as she had stage 3 and a cone biopsy at 25.
    Personal choice that needs to be respected.

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    I've had more than I can remember! I had the first one at 18 and then the second 2 years later and it came back abnormal - since then I have had them every 6-12 months and for the 2 years have had a colposcopy as well. Since I have abnormal cells I would rather keep a close eye on them

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    I actually can't remember the last time I had one. Probably 10 years ago? Might get one done at some stage.

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    First one at 18 and every 2 years since give or take a couple weeks but generally always on time

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    Had one three years ago, then in May last year.
    Personally I wouldn't risk it, but I also don't find them uncomfortable...
    I also trust my GP & OB...

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    I have deleted my comment for those that found it offensive I apologise. Cervical cancer has affected people close to me and m opinions about it are strong.

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    I had my first one at 29, and then the last one at 31.

    Not sure why I waited so long.


 
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