Are you panicking about your first cervical screening?
Are you feeling unsure what to expect?
Are you worrying about what might be?
Don’t panic. Don’t feel unsure. Don’t worry. I had all these feelings and everything went well.
What is a smear test/cervical cancer screening?
A screening for cervical cancer is nowhere near as scary as it sounds. It’s not quite like a screening at the cinema… but it’s equally as pain free.
The screening is to check the health of your cervix, and it also doubles as a check for any potentially cancerous cells. The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina.
What happens at the screening?
The nurse takes you through to a private room, just your standard nurses station. You go behind a curtain, undress from the waist down, and lie on a bed. It’s important to relax. Just breathe. This is going to be pain free and it’s just a measure taken to check your cervical health.
Once you’re comfortable on the bed the test will begin. The nurse will insert a speculum into your vagina, slightly open your vaginal walls and take a sample from your cervix with a small, soft brush.