Cervical screening and anxiety

I’ll be 25 at the end of June and I was expecting to receive my letter inviting me to go for a cervical screening/smear test. However, the letter arrived last week – a lot earlier than I was expecting it to. If you read my blog you will know how much I am suffering with my anxiety at the moment. I can’t even bring myself to book a normal doctors appointment, let alone a smear test.

I know how important the test is and in no way want to avoid having one but anxiety-wise I don’t feel in a place to go for the test at the moment. I thought I would set myself the deadline of my 25th birthday in hope that my anxiety has improved and I feel more able to approach the appointment. I know that even if it hasn’t improved I need to go ahead and book the appointment anyway.

I’ve done a lot of research and watched videos regarding the procedure and whilst I know it won’t be a pleasant experience it’s not that that’s preventing me. I find it difficult even leaving my house to go for a walk and so this appointment would be a big deal and would involve extra anxiety provoking factors.

I think it’s a good idea to set myself the goal of my 25th birthday as I think it will also give me something to work towards in terms of improving my anxiety. This has also reminded me that my dentist have been sending me reminders to book in for an appointment. Again, this is not something I feel that I am in a place to tackle right now and so I think I might find a contact email address to see whether I can postpone my appointment. I know it’s not healthy to put important appointments off but this is the first time in my life I have felt I couldn’t tackle them and so I am going to pander to my anxiety and take smaller steps.

In the meantime, I would be grateful if you could share your own experiences with me, especially if you deal with anxiety on a daily basis and how you overcame this to have the test. I will keep you updated on my journey!

XOXO

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13 thoughts on “Cervical screening and anxiety

  1. I had these tests right up to 2 years ago (68). Often I had to be helped into the room, and have a nurse hold my hand and talk to me while it was being done.

    I shook, passed out, cried, and so much more, but I told them in advance so they helped me through it.

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      1. Before I got a helpful doctors office I used to have full blown panic attacks when going for anything. My last blood work visit was the best ever. They get me in straight away, and I lay on a bed

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      2. It’s great that you’ve found somewhere that can now support you ☺️ Hopefully more and more places will begin to realise how beneficial it is for their patients

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  2. I deal with anxiety on a regular basis as well. Now that I’m in my 40s I have to submit to these tests even more frequently. Over time I have realized that my anxiety levels are MUCH higher for me while avoiding the test than during the actual appointment. I was 3 months late for my last mammogram and it caused me soooo much stress. Once I actually made the appointment, my anxiety decreased (not gone, but was lower). Leaving the appointment my anxiety lowered even more. I just received the etter yesterday that all was clear, so I can breather a sigh of relief. But I do recommend…. just make the appointment. Even if its months out. One of the hard milestones will be over and you know exactly how much time you have to prepare. Love and Hugs to you! ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you for your comment ☺️ Definitely agree with you and think I need to just take the plunge and book the appointment! Hopefully if I have a date I can find someone to come with me which might help! ❤️❤️

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  3. I will be 30 this year and went for my second Pap smear just last year. I can totally understand why going for the first time can be a scary experience. I promise you that the actual experience is way less uncomfortable than you think it will be. I find it’s the fear of the unknown that’s the worst part about tests like these. If you’re nervous, express that to your doctor or nurse. Let them know you’re not sure what to expect and that it makes you anxious. It helps for someone to talk to you during the test. Things go much smoother if you are as relaxed as possible. If it helps, the test typically takes less than 5 min for me. It’s super quick and I often am shocked that it’s over and done with already.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experience ☺️ It helps to hear from people what happens and how they found it! I definitely need to just bite the bullet and book the appointment!

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