This is a post that might make some of you wince or cringe… It’s a topic that although is very rarely discussed, it’s a prevalent and important one.
There’s nothing more important than health… Making sure you’re healthy (and always getting routines if and when there’s one to be had) is vital.
Once you girls turn 25, if you’re not already, you’ll be offered to get a smear test… Whether you choose to go through with it (or not) is entirely your choice. It’s whether you think you need it, want it, or would rather have it done just to get to know your body. The latter is me.
I’m not worried about it, just apprehensive – as I don’t really know what to expect… Obviously I know how the process goes, but I don’t actually know until I’m there – do I?
Now would probably be the time to tell you that contrary to what you might think, I don’t spend all my time watching YouTube videos of the process 😂 (who does?! [other than gynaecologists/nurses] 😳).
I think I’ve just seen it on This Morning previously, and read an article courtesy of BBC Three a while back…
Don’t even ask if I remember watching videos in science, I can’t even remember the grades that I obtained. 😆
If you turn 25 and decide against it, you can sign a form to say that you don’t want them to contact you for 5 years… Basically, what this means is: they won’t hound you for it until the declaration date ends.
To be honest, I’m so glad they’re hounding me though because if there’s anything that I’d want to be hounded about, it’s this (and other stuff relating to our health)! The way I see it, it’s better to be safe than sorry and the NHS are just doing their jobs – trying to save lives and prevent cervical cancer…
I’m not sure whether you’d want to read some stats and/or whether you want to know about this stuff, but it’s something that you need to at least think about one day…
Honestly, plenty of lives have been lost because a smear test wasn’t taken when it was offered. Remember that. Jade Goody? She’s a prime example. A charity was set up in remembrance.
This is just a message to those who might be apprehensive… You have no need to be… #DontFearTheSmear. It’s apparently a lot worse in our heads than it is in real life. I’ve heard it’s just like a bristley-scratch..?
Also, I haven’t come across other bloggers bloggers who’d discuss this topic as it’s a very sensitive one that’s seen as a bit of a taboo; it really shouldn’t be… This is why I decided to write about it on here.
Our health needs to be discussed. Our health is number one – without it, we can’t do anything else.
Look after yourself, get regular checks and stay healthy and happy.