You are probably thinking ‘not another awareness day/week/month’ but you know what if we spread awareness for the plethora of things that can go wrong with our bodies, environment etc then maybe we can start to prevent some of the crap that goes on in this world instead of just pretending that it isn’t happening. In a world where ignorance used to be thought of as bliss let us stand up to that ridiculous idiom and start becoming more aware of the things that as an individual and group may have even a small effect on. No matter how small the effect at least something is being done and if a lot of small groups come together that is one BIG effect on something that would have otherwise gone undone.
Every day 9 women in the UK are diagnosed with cervical cancer
With that in mind we are coming to the end of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (#CervicalCancerPreventionWeek) and as a female who is also a nurse I think it is crucial to know what is going on with your body and if there is anything that you can do to change the things that aren’t quite going to plan. Having a Smear Test is something that seems to put the fear of god into some people but it really is something that can save your life. Of course there are horror stories about ladies who have felt like their insides are being scraped out, something has fallen out of them or some other shit that is just untrue. There are the very rare cases where it has been quite uncomfortable for want of a better word. BUT ladies can I please ask all of you out there who claim to be these fierce wonderful women who are going out and being a #BOSS, #GIRLBOSS or whatever other hashtag that is trending right now! For a moment of slight discomfort where a nurse/doctor shoves something smaller than the average penis (I know there are different sizes of speculum but really!) up your bits and takes a swab that could potentially save you from a lot of pain in the future and even your life just GET IT DONE.
75% of cervical cancers are prevented by cervical screening (smear tests)
Both professionally and personally I have been acquainted with many a speculum in my time and let me tell you it really isn’t all that bad. Of course the build up is usually worse than the actual event itself so I have put together a couple of tips for you to bare in mind when you are preparing to get your lady bits well and truly sorted out.
– Nice hot bath
– Read a book or listen to music
– Have a nice decaf coffee or tea with a friend before going
– Mindful moments
With those little tips in mind as you can see they are all ways to distract and relax yourself before the big event. Try not to overthink it and just go in and get it done. If you have a chilled out positive mindset about it all then it wont be half as bad as you think it will.
GOOD LUCK LADIES!
I would love to hear about your experiences with Smear Tests – good, bad, ugly!
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