The actual sort of facts of getting undressed and things like that are a bit awkward, because it’s a quite tiny room and there’s no curtain and things like that. But she was very good, she sort of left me in there to sort myself out and gave me something to cover my lower half over and get comfortable, and then sort of knocked and came back in. So that was, at least your dignity is sort of there. The actual procedure, well, the actual speculum they use feels quite cold to touch. They’ve obviously lubricated it with something beforehand, so the actual insertion and things like that is not too bad. As much as they tell you to relax, it’s still quite difficult to relax. But they need you to be as relaxed and spread really, spread your legs as much as possible. And then the actual procedure itself, it has normally hurt in the past. I’ve normally felt some discomfort, not pain, but discomfort. And I have previously had to go back. But this occasion it was absolutely no problems whatsoever, no discomfort at all, and a clear sample taken. And it’s all done and dusted within two minutes of being in there. And then the nurse allows you time to get dressed etc, in private again. And then that’s it, and she explains when the results are going to be back and how to ring and get them and whether you’ll be written to and things like that.
The procedure itself I think is absolutely fine. I don’t think there’s anything that they need to warn you about as long as it’s not your first smear. They need to definitely tell you what they’re going to be doing on your first one. It would have been nice to know that it was a different procedure I suppose than the previous one. But knowing what the difference is between the two, it’s minute anyway. So, but the fact that, about the dignity side, I think that’s the big thing, is to make sure that you are left to disrobe and put your clothes back on in private, and that they give you something to put over your lower half. So at least you’ve got some sort of dignity, because it’s a very personal procedure. So I think the dignity is the main thing really.