Just want to send hugs to anyone who finds pap smears painful and/or extremely traumatic due to PTSD or other issues like that.
I agree, it's an important test that we should all strive to have once every couple of years however for some it's not possible, or just something that's extremely difficult (physically and emotional) to do. Anyone reading this who feels that way, please know that you're not alone .
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10-01-2012 13:16 #61
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10-01-2012 13:50 #63
I saw a male gyno for a check up after my 4th degree tear. I explained to him that I'd only been sexually active for one year and only with my husband who was also a virgin and also had all 3 gardasil injections. He couldn't understand why I didn't want someone putting utensils in my extremely painful and HPV-free vagina. Tried his absolute hardest to convince me I was taking a HUGE risk by not having it. I refused and cried the whole way home.
10-01-2012 14:05 #64
I refuse to get one from a male doctor but have had them regularly every 2 years from the age of 20. Up til now. Its been about 3 years now. I moved and don't have a regular dr anymore. After reading this thread I'm going to get right onto it. My old dr used to have a hard time finding my cervix - she said I have a tucked cervix or sonething like that and it used to take a while and be very uncomfortable.
I am very grateful for all the research into cervical cancer prevention but part of me is uneasy with the way getting pap smears is now seen as one more thing women must do or be labelled irresponsible. How many men get prostate exams regularly? People seem to accept that men are uncomfortable and embarrassed and try to put off prostate exams yet if women do then they are made to feel guilty.
Yes, pap smears can save lives, they are a great step forward and I honestly do appreciate the research into womens health and I agree women should be given encouragement and the opportunity to do it. I'm just saying I'm a bit conflicted about the judgment that comes with it.
to anyone for whom this is a sensitive subject for whatever reason.
10-01-2012 14:11 #65
Yes I always have got mine ever since I had my first daughter who is 17 this year, I may be over due here and there but never over due by 6mths
10-01-2012 14:15 #66
I haven't been for one in 7 years they hurt so bad that I can't bare it.
I know I need to go but I'm scared. I know I have to do it for my DH and DD. ;(
10-01-2012 14:25 #67
10-01-2012 14:25 #68
Yes, I get a pap smear yearly, as my Mum survived stage 4 cervical cancer.
Mum's cervical cancer was not from having HPV, she had always had regular pap smears which came back normal, however the 3 years it took between her pap smears she had developed break through bleeding which her GP told her was 'just her age'. I urged her to get a second opinion, as she was only in her mid forties and by then she was given a few months to live.
Thankfully, she came through it, so now my sister and I are sticklers for getting ours every year.
I worry about ovarian cancer, as there is nothing to test for that and the symptoms are so general that the could be mistaken for any number of things in terms of womens sexual health.
10-01-2012 14:33 #69
I'm up to date and always have been since becoming active.
Just wanted to say though, it can be painful for some women. It is for me. I can feel the scraping of the cervix and there is pain. No matter who has done it or where, it has always felt the same so it isn't the technique, some women have different nerve endings and feel things in different places. It isn't usual for women to be able to feel it, but it is possible so people aren't lying when they say it can hurt.
10-01-2012 14:38 #70
Because of my Mum's history, I opt for the 'Thin prep' pap smear, it's quite costly as opposed to the standard pap smear but I am happy to pay that little bit extra.
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