On kind of a whim I asked on Twitter the other day if anyone would be interested in seeing a post about my experience going for my first smear test, especially being that it was a positive experience, and a lot of you said definitely!

I know myself that you can hear a lot of horror stories that may put you off, so hopefully this might ease the worry a little for you.

I turned 25 in April but I received the letter that my smear test was due just after Christmas, which of course I promptly shrieked, put it in the draw for a few months and tried to forget about!

A few months later I decided I wanted to stop putting important things off, so of course I rang the dentist about the filling I had previously cancelled, and the doctors to see when they could fit me in for my smear. The next date they had was about 6 weeks away, so I would definitely recommend booking as soon as possible incase there’s a long wait.

Over the next few weeks I didn’t really let myself think about it, I knew the procedure and on the morning of the smear I was apprehensive, but quite calm. I made sure I had plans for the rest of the day and thankfully got an 11am appointment, so I just viewed it as being a non-negotiable part of the day to get on with. I was getting it done, going to work after, then an evening yoga class.

Of course one of the worst thing about the doctors is always the massive wait, so after a 20 minute look on Pinterest and playing Hogwarts Mystery, I was called in. My sister told me to mention that it was my first smear as that was something she didn’t do and regretted.

Thankfully I had the loveliest nurse (which I truly think can make all the difference) and she asked if I had any questions, which I didn’t apart from if it hurt, which she said it definitely shouldn’t and to let her know immediately if it did so it could be sorted. I laid on the bed and she pulled the curtain and told me to remove my underwear (pants obviously) and lay on the bed with your knees apart hip distance.

Now let me say that this is a gal who hasn’t even been for a bra fitting, so obviously it’s kinda weird to be laid there with nothing on down below, but we chatted about what I did for work etc. and it was done in literally 2 minutes. It didn’t hurt AT ALL or really feel that uncomfortable, kind of just like using a tampon when I used them a few years ago.

So if you’ve been reading this putting it off or freaking out about it, let me re-assure you that it really is nothing to get worked up about! It isn’t painful, it takes a few minutes and it could be life-saving. So, so worth it.

  • I just got my first smear a couple months ago. I was sick about it the whole week before. Thankfully, I had an experience similar to you – my nurse and doctor were sooo nice and made sure I was comfortable. Isn’t it the best feeling ever when you get something like that over with? xx

    Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

    • NatalieLeanne

      YES! It’s a massive weight off your shoulders isn’t it? xx

  • They are absolute agony for me. (Like laying down with a hot water bottle for the rest of the day.) It was so painful and everyone had said that it was “no big deal” that I wanted to sack it off when it came around again. But I didn’t because cancer has had a huge impact on my life.

    For some ladies it will be a breeze, for some it will be awful. But regardless of how they feel, it’s important to do them. so well done you for going! X

    • NatalieLeanne

      Oh really, that’s a shame for you but I know everyone is different! Well done for going even though you know its painful for you! xx

  • I think it’s so great that you’ve written about this – it’s so important to remove the stigma around smear tests! It’s such an uncomfortable thing to do, but you feel so much better afterwards! And it’s much better than the alternative were something to happen. xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you Laura, I really wanted to put my experience out there if it can help anyone feel a little less nervous about going! xx

  • Such a great post Natalie. I was so anxious for mine and it turned out to be nothing to worry about at all. Well done for sharing, I’m sure it will help out a lot of nervous gals! Xx

    • NatalieLeanne

      I hope so! Thank you for reading lovely 🙂

  • Thank you so much for writing this post! I’m not at that age yet to need to have one done but it’s always something that I know is importent to do – doesn’t stop the nerves though, it’s just not something someone would ever choose to have done if they could help it! But it’s so importent to do and this post definitely helps! Things like this aren’t discussed enough! xxx

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you for the lovely comment Madi, it means so much! I just wanted to give anyone a heads up that I had a very positive experience with it 🙂

  • Thank you for writing this post, it is such important to share that it isn’t scary!

    Danielle xx

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you so much for a lovely comment Danielle, I always appreciate your support! xxx