Thursday, 7 January 2016

Scared To Have A Smear?

Women Scared To Have Cervical Smear Test

For a few years I resisted having a cervical smear test. I am in my late thirties. I believed my body would tell me if something was wrong. However I was not in touch with this part of me deeply enough to know its needs.

I put off the smear test for years.

And then I became sexually active in early 2015 and when the condom split I had to go for emergency contraception. At the time I chose the copper coil, probably not something I would choose again, because something about it felt all wrong for my body. As part of getting fitted at the sexual health clinic I had lots of tests done for sexually transmitted diseases as well as a pregnancy test and my first smear test in a very long time.

I just assumed all would be well, no STD's at the time, no pregnancy, BUT and a big but, my smear test came with some abnormalities and I had to go for a colposcopy. This was not a comfortable experience for me, as I had not had any children and they saw more cell irregularities so they took a biopsy from my cervix there and then.

A month later I received the news no woman wants, I had something called CIN3. There are different levels of cell abnormalities, and 3 is the most advanced. It is not cancer, but can be termed pre-cancer if something is not done about it.

So from then I was taken in for an operation to remove the cells, very scary, but looking back so glad I caught it in time. I had some major trauma a couple of days after the operation, I did not rest long enough and also had an infection (more info here - don't read if squeamish and please don't let this put you off your smear test).

HPV - Human Papilloma Virus

The whole experience traumatised me, but because it had been CIN3 I had to have a smear test 6 months later. My smear was clear, but my cervix had evidence of high risk HPV (human papilloma virus). Apparently there are 100's of types of this virus and nearly everyone has one or more strains in their bodies. Some, the low risk strains, can cause genital warts and other unpleasant symptoms. However there are about a dozen high risk strains, typically strains 16 and 18, which can lead to abnormal cell changes, such as my CIN3, which in turn can lead to cancer.

Women pass to men, men to women, and condoms do not stop this happening.

I was devastated when I got the news that I had to go for another colposcopy, worried needless to say. Anyway to cut a long story short I had this today and my body had cleared and healed me of the sexually transmitted disease high risk HPV. My good immune system and the fact that I don't smoke meant I had a high chance of it clearing and not leading to CIN3, as before.

No Fear Go Smear Cervical Test

So my first smear led to a lot of probing, challenge and emotional turmoil, but if I had not gone for it, who knows what the outcome would have been.

So please.. if you are woman reading this and keep putting off your smear - don't. It's only 5 minutes of your life and it could save your life.

Thank you for reading. If you want to know more about how to prepare for a smear click here and if you found this post interesting pop by my other posts below.

AND in 2016 book in for your cervical smear. You won't regret it.

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1st Photo PicMonkey
2nd Photo Huffington Post


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