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Pap-smears hate?

Trust me, it's not something that I enjoy going for, but I don't hate it so much that I refuse to go. My best friend hasn't went in 10 years because she hates it so much, and another poster commented yesterday that she'd rather be stung by 1,000 bees than to go.

To be perfectly honest, I think I might rather go there than the dentist... is that bad?  


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  • I don't get all the dramatic hate either - I mean, it is uncomfortable but it lasts about 5 seconds!  There are plenty of worse things
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  • I agree with you both. The dentist is way worse.
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    I don't get all the dramatic hate either - I mean, it is uncomfortable but it lasts about 5 seconds!  There are plenty of worse things

    I agree with this. It's so quick and I don't even find it all that painful. I've never given it much thought.


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  • Yeah, I don't think a pap smear is a big deal.  Uncomfortable for a couple seconds then done!

    The dentist sucks!  Everytime I get my teeth cleaned my mouth hurts the rest of the day!

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  • I just don't get that bothered by that stuff...pap smear, cervical exam, GBS swab, etc.  No, it's not pleasant, but it lasts like 2 seconds.  Heck, I had a colonoscopy and it was seriously NBD,  In fact, the anesthesia was brilliant, i wish I could get some for home use.  Best sleep I ever had.
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  • Lord. Tell her to go. Paps are really important. I sound like a PSA. There is nothing to it!
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  • The one I'm not sure about is mammograms.  Some people say they hurt really badly, but people seem to be wimpy in general.
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  • I agree they aren't really a big deal at all. Sure, I wouldn't say it's pleasant, but whatev. I only have to get them every 2 or 3 years now, so it's even less of a big deal. Plus, I love my midwives so I look forward to my annuals in a weird way. 

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  • I'll have to actually agree with the friend that doesn't go.  I get mine every 2-3 years (which is the recommendation here now), but hate every second of it.

    I find them very very painful - during and for several hours after.  I always have spotting for a few hours afterwards as well.

    I'd definitely much rather go to the dentist and have a tooth pulled than get a pap smear.  Despite that, I still go.

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  • I'd just guess she had a crummy OB.  I've definitely had pap smears that were outright painful and made me bleed. I can see how if that's your only experience with it and you're healthy and not pregnant, that you might just avoid going all together.  I've had other OBs where they were just mildly uncomfortable.  My new OB just gave me one last week and it was the first time in my life where I wasn't even uncomfortable.  I barely even knew he was doing anything.  So either he's really, really good or my kid turned my vag into a giant gaping cave and my DH is just too nice to tell me....

    I think people who hate the dentist need new dentists too.  Nothing should hurt at the dentist but the novocaine shot.  And I've had a lot of dental work done. 

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  • I don't see the big deal. It's not fun, but it only lasts a few seconds.Mammograms are worse. I had one done when I was 20. Someone smashing your boob in between two plates doesn't feel nice. Still the alternative is much worse. I'd rather go and deal with uncomfortable.
  • Obviously they aren't my favorite thing but they only last a few seconds.  I can't imagine not going.  
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    I don't get all the dramatic hate either I mean, it is uncomfortable but it lasts about 5 seconds! nbsp;There are plenty of worse things


    Agreed.
  • Yeah, I talked my mother into getting a pap several years ago (during a failed attempt to salvage our relationship) after she waited 10 years in between.....and they found pre-cancerous cervical cells. So yeah, it's uncomfortable and unpleasant but they do it for a very good reason. Your friend needs to make an appt ASAP.
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  • Well, the dentist doesn't bother me at all; I went Monday, actually.  But I don't care for PAPs one bit.  I've been through several doctors and NPs, and there is definitely a difference between them.  My first doc was pretty rough, but my current OB has a very gentle touch and a contraption that warms the speculum, which makes the experience decidedly less unpleasant.  My guess is people who are that upset about them should try another doc.
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  •  hate hate hate it. I actually had a little panic attack when H and I found out we got pregnant. I freaked out about the upcoming appointments we / I had to go to. when we get to the Ob/ gyn now H reassures me its ok every time. Its very stressful for me.
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    I find them very very painful - during and for several hours after.  I always have spotting for a few hours afterwards as well.

    That shouldn't really happen. It happened during my first one and my DR. used a different speculum. Tell your DR. to use the smallest one they have, they should have more than one. Different women need different things. (just like when you get blood drawn, some women need smaller butterfly needles).  I bet it won't be painful after that.   

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    nbsp;hate hate hate it. I actually had a little panic attack when H and I found out we got pregnant. I freaked out about the upcoming appointments we / I had to go to. when we get to the Ob/ gyn now H reassures me its ok every time. Its very stressful for me.

    You need a new doct. Stat. I can't fathom hating the doc so much that it causes me to stress. Seriously, find someone new.
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  • They don't bother me, but I can see how it might bother someone who had a bad experience or has something deeper they're dealing with (abuse or something similar).  Still, your friend that hasn't had one in 10 years needs to go and get checked.
  • Yeah, I don't mind them. I'd definitely rather get one than go to the dentist, Hav. Plus, my midwives do it for me now which is a total bonus because I totally trust them. And for me it's painless. *shrug*

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  • I found them incredibly painful before I had sex. Even when the doctor used the smallest speculum they had, the PAP would bring me to tears. However, even so, I didn't skip them. 

    Now I barely notice them. 


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  • image eaglesfan700:
    I don't get all the dramatic hate either - I mean, it is uncomfortable but it lasts about 5 seconds!  There are plenty of worse things

    Exactly. Which I found out when I went through fertility treatments. A pap is nothing! 


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  • I mean, who actually enjoys a pap?  Nobody, that's who.  But isn't that part of being an adult?  Doing things you have to because you have to, not because you want to?  I really hate doing the dishes.  Guess I should just avoid them for 10 years and see if cancer develops :shrug:

    Also, I feel like with something like this, the longer you avoid it the worse it seems.

    I'd totally rather go to the dentist than get a pap smear.  First, I get to leave my pants on at the dentist, always a good thing in my book.  And second, I leave with clean teeth.  Win-win.

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  • I have had many more painful/uncomfortable things done- try an endometrial biopsy- or HSG.  The Pap is a walk in the park.
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    I'd just guess she had a crummy OB.  I've definitely had pap smears that were outright painful and made me bleed. I can see how if that's your only experience with it and you're healthy and not pregnant, that you might just avoid going all together.  I've had other OBs where they were just mildly uncomfortable.  My new OB just gave me one last week and it was the first time in my life where I wasn't even uncomfortable.  I barely even knew he was doing anything.  So either he's really, really good or my kid turned my vag into a giant gaping cave and my DH is just too nice to tell me....

    I think people who hate the dentist need new dentists too.  Nothing should hurt at the dentist but the novocaine shot.  And I've had a lot of dental work done. 

    I agree with all of this. I think I've lucked out with OB/GYNs because while I've liked some better than others personality-wise, I've never found any to be too rough or anything like that. Ditto on the dentist. I had a great one back home and when I moved I went to one recommended by a friend but wasn't happy with them. I actually asked my dentist back home for a rec in this area and he gave me one and I'm much happier there.

    My mom has a lot of anxiety about going to the dentist stemming from experiences when she was younger. I think if she'd had her current dentist all along she wouldn't have the nerves she does about going. When I took DS to the pediatric dentist for the first time I told myself if he wasn't absolutely wonderful that I was going to find another one because I don't want it to be a scary experience for my kids. 

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    I have had many more painful/uncomfortable things done- try an endometrial biopsy- or HSG.  The Pap is a walk in the park.
    Yep. I would rather have a pap than suffer the indignities that pregnant women are subjected to. If I never again have a transvaginal u/s that would be awesome.
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  • I had anxiety about them when I was young, like teenager, early 20s. But honestly? It's once a year and lasts 5 seconds.. No big deal. Especially after being pregnant and pushing a child out haha!

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    The one I'm not sure about is mammograms. nbsp;Some people say they hurt really badly, but people seem to be wimpy in general.


    I have a strong family history and have all ready had 2. I was so nervous because I heard the same things as you... It doesn't hurt AT ALL!!! Pap is way worse and honestly, those aren't that bad haha

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    I found them incredibly painful before I had sex. Even when the doctor used the smallest speculum they had, the PAP would bring me to tears. However, even so, I didn't skip them. 

    Now I barely notice them. 


    yep...and after 3 years of dealing with IF and all the fun tests and transvag cam 8 times a month and whatnot...now it's REALLY nbd :0P

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  • I just went yesterday and I'd more willing go there than the dentist ANY day!  My gyn is awesome and its really not a big deal to me at all anymore. 
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