Smear tests can make some of us nervous, especially if we’re not used to doctors going down there. Here are some tips to make yourself more comfortable!
Wear Comfortable Clothing
it’s important you’re as relaxed as possible during the test as if you’re not everything will clench up and be harder to manoeuvre!
Maybe try and wear a dress or skirt to an appointment if that’s your vibe as these can be easily moved and often means more of you is covered as opposed to taking off your jeans completely.
Ask For A Women
If you’re more comfortable with a female doctor or nurse doing the test, you can ask for one.. It’s not guaranteed one will always be available but it’s worth a try!
Ask To Put It In Yourself
This is a less common option but certainly possible. If you are super nervous about the speculum you can ask your doctor to put it in yourself.
There is talk of a self-sampling test coming in, which would just involve putting a swab in the vagina.
Don’t Use Lube Before The Test
It’s important that you don’t use spermicide or lots of lubricants in the 24 hours before the test, because it can interfere with the test itself.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask To Change Position
Like sex and most things in life, communication is the key. Don’t be afraid to ask the doctor to change position when they try and put the speculum in. This can help with the discomfort if you feel any!