Tried to have one today unsuccessfully as too painful to continue. The leaflet that came with the letter telling me a smear test was due was all about needing a smear when sexually active. I have not been in over 10 years due to being single and the endometriosis. I’m now seriously considering not trying again as it was too painful. They suggested I use the ovestin cream to plump up the cells. This is an oestrogen cream an as we all know oestrogen dominance causes endometriosis. Just wondered what others have done about smear tests. Thanks
Smear test: Tried to have one today... - Endometriosis UK
As stupid as this sounds I’m dreading when I have to start having them done, saw a lady on the tv say “if you can tolerate sex you can tolerate a smear test” which I can’t! I remember so vividly the pain I had when I had my pelvic swans done, I’m so scared of having smears done, not scared of a lot but I’m dead scared of speculums 😭😭
Hi! I had this problem very recently. My gyno took me off the smear test list because he knew I physically couldn’t have it done and was going to complete it when I next have a surgery.
I’m 27 and got referred to someone in Birmingham who basically did it without my consent. She asked to do it, I said no as it would be too painful. She put a virgin speculum in and I’ve never screamed so loud from pain. The speculum was so painful but she didn’t care.
I ended up being in pain for about a week and I’ve totally lost my confidence in all drs, haven’t gone back to physio, or my specialist as I’m now terrified of being lied to again.
I am glad it’s been done of course but I would 100% say, if it’s too painful then don’t try and push through the pain.
Also I made a post asking how others dealt with it with endo and there were some really idiotic people telling me to take some ibuprofen before 🙈🙈 as if! Hahh
You only know yourself what you can cope with and as you said, you aren’t sexually active and maybe ask your gyno if they can do it the next time you have surgery. I didn’t have any surgeries planned and he was happy to wait since I first got my letter.
I thought it's only when your sexy active..... (Had it once it was horrible felt every movement. Then they invited me for another which I spoke to the gp. Now I moved gonna see if I can speak to the gp again and see if there is another way round it than being in pain.... As I can't keep still at all!
I have a very empathetic practice nurse who is aware of my history. She also appreciates that as much as I am in excruciating pain, I just want to be in/out without any fuss; and she gets on with it.
She uses a paediatric speculum, which helps.. make sure you're being sized appropriately. Also there is a product called Instillagel, which I use for catheterising at times.. basically a topical anaesthetic. It's suitable for the vaginal mucosa and although I've never heard/used it for a smear, it wouldn't hurt to ask. It won't improve the internal, scraping pain but it will ease the sensation of the speculum being inserted, which may help relax you. Prophylactic pain relief in advance may be beneficial, but you probably don't want anything that's too heady so you can be in control and make decisions that are best for you. I also find it easier if someone is explaining their next move (ie. just going to get a quick swab, just going to lock it into place etc.)
Psychologically I take myself somewhere else, become very conscious of my breathing and force myself to relax all my muscles. It's not easy, but the smear is very triggering so if I didn't I would be in a dark place. I suppose, because I've had a non-consensual, violent sexual history, I force myself into it because the thought of them taking something else from my life is unbearable. (ie. in this instance, the right to diagnose and treat cancer in its early stages.)
Good luck, it is flippant to say you will be fine, there is no easy answer.
Hello. Oh god I know what you mean..have just posted on the other thread about smears but in short have a look at this
I use this now instead of having smears at doctors and they said that's fine it is NHS endorsed x
Could also be vaginismus? Especially if the fear of pain makes you not want to try again and then that leads to the cycle thinking it will hurt and making it hurt etc. When I was first diagnosed I could barely fit a cotton bud in and now after 4 years of dilators and therapy and what not I'm finally onto the bigger dilators x