Smear Tests – Why are they such a Taboo subject?
Smear tests, bleurgh!
I had to go and have a smear test today, I hate them (I seriously doubt anyone looks forward to them!) but they are a necessary evil. So off I trotted to my doctors to get it over and done with!
While I was there, I thought to myself how many female friends I have that despise them almost as much as I do. Yes, they hate having them but they still go for their check-ups.
Then I started to think about the sheer volume of women that avoid them, because of the discomfort you feel when the test is being conducted!
Some Important Information
- Did you know that over 800 women die from Cervical Cancer every year in the UK?
- Did you also know that 1 in 4 women avoid smear tests altogether?
Cervical cancer is preventable and if it’s caught early, yes, it can be treated!
A cervical screening test (previously known as a smear test) is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix. The cervix is the entrance to the womb from the vagina. (NHS Website)
We need to be vigilant!
Depending on your age, the time between smear tests will differ. You usually have your first smear when you turn 25, a lot of people (including myself) think that the age limit should be lowered as most people are sexually active prior to the age of 25.
So the most frequent time is every three years, that’s quite a long wait for a couple of minutes discomfort, not such a big deal really is it?
Ladies, it’s a couple of minutes of discomfort, is it really worth skipping it and potentially putting your life at risk?!
I have a daughter and I want her to be as knowledgeable as possible about her body regardless of how embarrassing the subject may be!
I know I have men that read my blog and I’m not going to apologise for this topic! I’m going to plead with you to read and digest this information!
You have sisters, mothers, wives, daughters – don’t think that this doesn’t affect you because you are male!
Raise awareness guys, look after your ladies because this is real! Cervical Cancer kills and more people need to realise the serious implications of them missing their check ups!
Cervical Cancer kills and more people need to realise the serious implications of them missing their check ups!