By Jacqueline H'ghar - 30/07/2016 08:56 - New Zealand
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A Pap Test, or Pap Smear, is a terrifying experience for all women aged 18 to 70 that have ever been sexually active. You have to get one a couple of years after you first become sexually active, and then you have to get one roughly every three years after that. Basically, they pry open the walls of the vagina with a speculum so that they can see the cervix, and then they shove a spatula or a brush up there to take a swab. They then test the cells for any abnormalities that might lead to cervical cancer. So OP must have already been fretting about the procedure, and then when she missed her bus and her deadbeat mother refused to help, I can only imagine she was borderline having a meltdown. Hence the FML. And don't you dare say she deserves it for missing her bus. Shit happens.
35, I do not find it "terrifying". I'm sure I was pretty nervous the first time around. And I've had some very inconsiderate and rough doctors make a specific appointment quite uncomfortable, even painful. For the most part though, my experience has been very different from your explanation. I certainly don't ENJOY having a pap smear, but it's just a procedure that has to be done and my doctor is quite gentle. He even heats the tools and gels and whatnot, and I appreciate that for sure!
39, I'm sure it's not that terrifying. The first time around I'm sure it's nerve wracking, but I know it's most likely not terrifying. I was just trying to convey some facts to a (presumed) male in a semi-humorous manner, hence exaggerated verbs such as "shove" and "pry". Sorry if I offended anyone, and I'm also sorry to hear that some of your experiences have been less than ideal.
36, Oh I see, that's quite interesting. I'm sure the guidelines vary across countries. Here in Australia, the Cancer Council recommends that "all women who have ever had sex should have a regular Pap test every two years from the ages of 18-20 to 70 years". They believe that since cervical cancer is so rare in those under 20, there's no need to start screening until you reach that rough age bracket or above. I honestly think it all depends on the person and the circumstances, but these are just the guidelines we are given. Apparently Australia has among the lowest rates of cervical cancer in the developed world though, so go us I guess.
That's just fucked up. Whether you're a virgin or not, cancer is always something you need to check for, and your mom is a douche for not taking you. I hope you at least got there to get your test done.
According to my doctor, she's right. Unless you actually aren't a virgin and she was just trying to insulting you. Then that's just messed up.
I think it depends on the place and the specific doctor. In my country and according to my doctor, pap tests start 3yrs after a girl becomes sexually active, or at the age of 21 even if they haven't engaged in sexual activity and are still virgins, basically it's whatever comes first. Better safe than sorry, you can get cancer at any age.
Which is exactly why I said "in my country," to show it wouldn't be like this everywhere. Also, what do you mean by "here," because I live in Canada, where we have healthcare so tests like these are covered, but in the US, no, they may not be covered, but they still cost anywhere from $50-$200. Which for me is a lot better than the hundreds of thousands of dollars potentially needed to spend on cancer treatment, plus the immense pain. And so what if you would have been getting them at 16, just because you're young, you don't need them or something? You can still get cancer at that age, especially if you're sexually active, since you have a higher chance of contracting HPV. You're aren't immune to cervical cancer and HPV just because you're young.
That's bs, and your doctor is an ignorant bitch. Pap tests can be used to tell if you have cervical cancer. And regardless of if you needed one or not, she didn't need to be so rude.