A few weeks ago I had my 3 yearly cervical smear test. It took around 5 mins and after two weeks I received the great news that it was normal. But my tests haven’t always been normal.
Back in 1996, after a fab holiday to Florida I received my results back from the lab to say that “Abnormal” cells had been found on my test and that due to this I would have to attend for a day appointment to have the cells removed through a procedure called “Loop Diathermy.” I was very upset and scared when I read the letter. I had been for regular tests and had never missed any at all. It’s not something that you expect to see, but I did, and in about a month I would go and have them removed.
Day Surgery At Leicester Royal Infirmary
I traveled to the hospital and after booking in at reception sat in the waiting room. I was told that your name will be called and that the surgeon would speak to you about your results and operation. I sat waiting and then my name was called out. I entered a very small room and sat opposite the surgeon. He had my results and told me that they were not cancerous and what would happen next and after my small operation. I have never been so scared in all my life. I really thought that he was going to tell me that I had cancer.
Procedure and Aftercare
I sat in the waiting room once again and then I was called into the treatment room. A lovely nurse held my hand and I told her I was very nervous. She told me that she she would look after me and that there was nothing to worry about. I was telling her all about my holiday. While I was talking I had a few local injections. A bit stingy but nothing too bad. When they had taken effect the cells were then removed using a procedure called “Loop Diathermy.” It was uncomfortable, but I was very brave and knew that it was important for health and my life that I had this done. After the procedure I was a little shaky. I was told to take gentle pain relieve if I needed to, rest and no intercourse for a month. The cervix needed time to heal and recover. I went home and took it steady for a few weeks.
Next Steps and Yearly Tests
I had regular smear tests over the coming months and when I had 3 clear ones I would then have regular tests every year for 10 years. My tests were normal and then every year I went back. I was anxious after every test, but the results came back as “Normal.” Then in 2006, I got the great news that from now on I would have tests every 3 years and I have continued to have them
We Can Go And Have Our Bikini Line Waxed, So Why Not Have A Smear Test
It doesn’t take very long to have smear test done, much shorter than being waxed and the benefits to your health outweigh any discomfort or feelings of unease. I went by myself and yes I felt my heart racing, my hands were trembling but I stuck it out and went through with it. I am a nervous patient and always have been. If I can do this so can you.
So Glad I went regularly
I look back and am very proud of myself that I never missed a test. I know I did have abnormal cells and did have a procedure to remove them, but it could have been a whole lot worse. We hear and read about so many woman that have had cervical cancer and didn’t survive. Being tested on a regular basis and being treated early means that, even if we do have an abnormality our chances of removal of them and them not returning increases dramatically.
So please keep being tested and if you haven’t for a while and can’t remember the last time you did, then ring your doctor and make an appointment.
Look after yourself, Love Ann xx