I think smear tests are one of the things woman either put off, take for granted or just completely forget about. Around 1 in 10 woman don’t attend their smear and for me, who was desperate for one for around 4 years, is craziness. Woman who don’t go out of embarrassment just pure infuriate me. I’d go through any sort of embarrassing situation in order to be healthy, it’s something that nobody should ever take for granted. I’ve had so many doctors and nurses look at and in my Vagina over the past 5 years I couldn’t care less now.
I’ve been having symptoms of Cervical Cancer for around 5 years now (since I was 20). Bleeding in between periods and after sex, pain during sex and abdominal pains. But do remember that Cervical Cancer doesn’t always show symptoms until it’s Advanced (i’ll go through the symptoms a little further down). I was finally allowed on last year as they’ve dropped the age limit from 25 to 24 and 6 months (it should be 18!).
Now, before getting onto my results I had the Marina Coil put in because they suspected I had Endometriosis and that made things 10 times worse. So last year I had that removed and then started showing symptoms of advanced Cervical Cancer with a couple of previous symptoms disappearing. These are constipation, pain in my kidneys and back, tiredness and leg pain/numbness in one leg. I was in absolute panic at this point and was convinced I had it.
My smear results came back that I had high grade pre cancerous cells which would need removing. To put it politely I was shitting it. Anyway, I went to the hospital to have them removed, which I’m not going to lie, the numbing needle in the vagina hurts like hell. After that, everything was completely fine, no pain or anything like that, then it was just a matter of waiting for the biopsy results. I had CIN2 which means there is moderate chance of them becoming cancerous if not removed. So I had the all clear.
I have to have smear every 6 months for 3 years now to make sure they’re being kept at bay, I actually have my next smear this Friday, which I’m looking forward to rather than dreading this time. Hopefully it will be all clear and that’s another worry which can be forgotten about.
I’m still getting all the symptoms but due for an operation next month where they’re going to take a good look around to see what’s going on.
Don’t ever take it for granted that you’re okay, just because you’re not showing symptoms or whatever, you need to go.
This is my selfie for #smearforsmear, please help in spreading the awareness and put a selfie on your social media. If just one woman goes for her smear because she’s read this post I would be over the moon!
Thanks so much for reading!