Go Get A Smear Test

What Jenn said…

Like a bizarre rite of passage for people with vaginas, some months after your 25th birthday a letter arrives from the NHS inviting you to have a cervical examination. No one wants this letter to arrive, or to have to physically make an appointment because everyone knows that ‘smear tests’ are unpleasant.

What is a cervical screening? In simple terms, it’s a swab of tissue taken from your cervix to detect changes to the cells. These changes are called cervical abnormalities or precancer. It is NOT a test to find cancer, but it is a prevention against it that many people are aware of, but as with anything to do with vaginas, is rarely talked about openly. About 94% of results come back clear but cervical screenings actually save up to 5,000 lives in the UK a year.

For me ‘smear’ not just a repulsive word but an active reminder that my…

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