Don’t Fear The Smear 0

Thursday 24th January, 2019 | Ask An Expert, Health and Fitness |

Add smear test to your to-do list

Shockingly, the number of women going for smear tests is the lowest since records began in 1995. NHS statistics show that 1 in 3 women aged 25-29 fail to attend their cervical screening. Don’t be one of those statistics – make attending your smear test the top of your to-do list!

What is a smear test?

A smear test, also known as a cervical screening, is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix.

The cervix is the muscle in your womb – that looks a bit like a doughnut with a dimple in the middle. It plays an important role when it comes to giving birth. Everyone’s cervix is different; they come in lots of shapes and sizes and even change throughout the month too, getting firm or soft.

What happens during a smear test?

The NHS invites women between the ages of 25 to 49 to screenings every three years. The screening checks for abnormal cells using a cervical brush, which is sent off for testing. If any abnormal cells are found, these can be removed to stop them becoming cancerous.

The smear itself is not scary or anything to worry about and is over in minutes. The brush looks a little like a large cotton bud with a bit of plastic on the end. The doctor or nurse will insert a speculum, a device to open your cervix, and will use the brush to take a quick scrape of the lining of the cervix. It is not painful, just a short dull ache, like a brief cramp feeling and then you are done.

Having a smear test is nothing to be embarrassed about, GPs and Nurses see women’s Lady Gardens all the time. There is no need to prep and preen, attending your cervical screening is all part of being a strong independent woman.

Why do I need a smear?

The peak rate of cervical cancer cases is between the ages of 25- 29-year-olds which is why it is crucial to go to your cervical screening on time. Early detection can often be a lifesaver when it comes to any form of cancer.

MYA’s Mission

Our mission is to encourage our followers, patients and staff to attend their smear test and not put it off. If you can spend the time having a bikini wax, surely you can attend your cervical screening appointment.

Fighting cancer is far scarier than attending a smear test. Prevention and early detection of changes and abnormalities are key, so book that appointment and encourage your friends and family members to attend theirs too. A smear test could save your life!

 

For more information and advice on cervical screening visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening

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