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Re: Smears

Postby Bel Bel » Fri May 01, 2009 9:30 am

i was told 8 weeks but the results came in 2 and were good
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Re: Smears

Postby kerrie24 » Fri May 01, 2009 3:07 pm

I was told 6-8 weeks but they took a bit longer.Maybe 10 weeks.I think it was probably with all the hype over what happened to Jade goody they had a sudden influx of people wanting tested.
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Re: Smears

Postby Josie » Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:30 pm

I am not even 24 yet and I've already had 3 smear tests..? The first one's results came back with some question marks over them so I went for another -- the results of which were normal. Then I had another one recently; results fine. Smear tests are EASY, I swear! My advice is; relax! Because if you tense up then you TIGHTEN up! And yes that can make for soreness! Relax and just let it happen and it is over so quickly. The worst thing you can do is tense up, because you tense up 'down there' too! Makes it a bit painful!
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Re: Smears

Postby rufio89 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:25 am

My friend has been having some problems with her periods, irregular bleeding, bleeding after sex, pains all through her cycle, unusual discharge, and she went to the doctor and the doctor sent her off to the nurse to have some smears, for amongst other things, cervical cancer.

When she got to the nurse, the nurse just point blank refused to do the cervical cancer one and said there was "no point". She did the others, and theyve come back negative, but my friend is TERRIFIED.

I am FURIOUS, surely if the doctor has recommended it, then the Nurse should do it??
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Re: Smears

Postby snail » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:22 pm

Perhaps there was a reason for that - wrong time of the cycle or something? Your friend should make an appointment with her doctor as soon as possible, and ask the doctor to do the smear right then. Doctors can do smears, as well as nurses.
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Re: Smears

Postby Caramia » Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:11 am

Ok, so I'm almost 24. I haven't had a smear test. I've been sexually active for about 8 years. I have had tests that test you for HIV and STIs but not a smear test. These tests you can get at any age. I get them done when I have a new sexual partner.

The smear test, I've been told, is not recommended for women UNDER 25 as their cervix is not fully formed. The cells that are still developing in the cervix, when taken in a smear test, look like cancerous cells. A friend of mine is unable to have children as when she had a smear test (too young) they thought she had dodgy cells. So they did a small operation and took away these dodgy looking cells. After 6 months she was re-tested and lo-and-behold, the cells were back. Again, they were removed. She moved house and changed doctors. She went to them to be tested and they told her that she was actually OK and that those operations were unnessasary.

I am in no way saying that us ladies shouldn't have smear tests. My Mum is constantly having these cancerous cells removed from her cervix and because of that I really want a smear test done, but I'm not allowed. It's very tricky for girls between 18 and 25 as there appears to be nothing out there to help us. My Mum got me the HPV vaccine privately when they started doing that for 16y/os. It costs about £300, but I think it's worth it.

It's a very strange and, still appears to be, a very unclear subject. No one seems to have the same answer! What I do know is that I trust my nurse as she saw my Mum through the cervical cancer issues. If you are told to wait until you are 25 it is to save you from going through unnessasary aggravation and operations that not only could be pointless, but harmful to your ability to reproduce. I am planning on talking to my nurse again about the smear test as there have been some very interesting points raised. I guess what everyone should remember is to focus on the symptoms and not think "I need a smear test because what if I have HPV". Maybe... I don't know. Maybe we need to get a straight answer from the NHS!!

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Edit: Smear test isn't for people with symptoms... Check out the website:

http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/cervical/
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Re: Smears

Postby highlandcow » Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:57 pm

Hello all,

I just thought I'd chime in on this very important topic.
I was offered a smear just before I was the right age to be invited (interesting to note that the first invitation for screening in England is at age 25. It is age 20 here in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

So anyway, I went and yes it's not an experience I'll look forward to but IT'S NOT AS BAD AS YOU THINK!
If you're nervous, ask yourself this, what's a few moments of discomfort when it could potentially save your life?!

It's really a no brainer when you ask yourself this.
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Re: Smears

Postby highlandcow » Sat Dec 03, 2011 9:02 pm

Oh another thing! In some places, they can text you your results which makes things a bit more convinient if you want the results to be discreet.
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Re: Smears

Postby chosenfew » Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:02 am

I was 25 in December and I have two kids but I haven't been called for my smear yet. Is this normal? I know iv only been 25 for three months but some of my friends got their appointments through months before their 25th birthday. Who would I contact about this? Did anyone else not get their appointments until late into their 25th year?
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Re: Smears

Postby Bel Bel » Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:56 pm

Contact your GP surgery and ask them what to do
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Re: Smears

Postby spacegirl » Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:04 pm

You're supposed to have smears from when you first become sexually active. I started getting called for smears after I first went in to ask for the contraceptive pill at 18 or something. I'd go in and ask for a smear to get it over with.
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Re: Smears

Postby rufio89 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:43 am

I asked for a smear test because I read something like that SpaceGirl but they said they wont do it until I'm 25 except in extreme circumstances. I think that's ridiculous, I'll have been sexually active for more than 10 years by then. Stupid system.
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