Pap Smear question...

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/03/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi all well after putting it off for almost 2 years i am due for a pap smear at the end of the month, and im TERRIFIED i found them so uncomftorable before but now after i had the baby and had damage frm a 4 th degree tare im worried sick about it.i have alot of difficulty with intercourse,it's a NO go unless i have numbing cream. is there anyone out there that had a hard time with a Pap after baby? mainly someone who has had at least a 3th or 4 th degree?? any advice would help...

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Happy - posted on 04/04/2012

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Not sure if you are in the sates,but ACOG now recommends that a woman can wait to get a PAP every three years if she has been in a monogamous relationship for 5+ years and has never had an abnormal test. Just a thought.

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Random - posted on 04/05/2012

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I doubt that it would, since he'll be taking a swab of your cervix and not the walls of your vagina. I'd still mention it when you go in though.



Not to get too personal, or to imply anything that may not be true for you, but vaginismus can definitely occur before childbirth. If you've ever had ANY trauma to the vagina, it can cause your mind and your body to seize up when penetrated. Date rape, rape, molestation, even just really rough sex that left you in pain afterwards would do it. The most obvious one is, of course child birth.

I think the greatest thing about learning that you may have it is that you can FIX it! And you can fix it yourself! At home! Cool, no?

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/04/2012

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Thank you very much for that helpful Link. it definetly speaks out to me when i read about it. i will mention this at my doctor appoitment in 3 weeks... ive always had problems with sex,it was tight and painful but after childbirth it has been a nightmare. my son will be 2 in november and things just arent getting better. i wish i could do a smear at home i bet id be more relaxed, i have no idea how im going to get through this lol. Do you think if i applied a bit of numbing cream before my appoitment,will it interfere with the Results of the test?

Random - posted on 04/04/2012

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Look up the condition called Vaginismus. It may be what you're suffering from.

Here. I'll get a link for you: http://www.vaginismus.com/

Please look into it. Sex shouldn't be painful and a pap is nothing to cause this much stress for anyone. There is hope.

Tina - posted on 04/03/2012

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It would be nice if someone invented a home kit or something. I think a lot more woman would be tested if they could do it themselves and felt safe and in control. They did something similar in Australia to test for bowel cancer. I'm absolutely terrified too. Not because of tearing but it's just too painful for me because I've had 2 c sections. I can't even think about sex without cringing. I know I need a follow up with the doctor to. But I just hate the though of people violating me with their instruments it was bad enough when I was pregnant and in labour with my first.

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/03/2012

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Yeah, i have a very delicate area, around where the penis is inserted.so i dont imagine a big plastic piece will feel to good. it is beyond frusterating but im also going too talk to this doctor about all the problems i have...all the dr's and specialists ive seen since the Tare have been Male's and they seem to be useless.

Elfrieda - posted on 04/03/2012

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Oh, honey, that sounds terrible! :( Make sure you tell the dr about the pain and your concerns before he or she gets anywhere near you and remember, you can always say, "That's enough" and the doctor has to stop. If he doesn't, go on and kick him in the head! But this might be exactly what you need, it might show something up that can be fixed and make it not painful anymore.



I don't have any first-hand experience to share, I didn't have bad tearing but I still haven't had a vaginal exam since my son was born (27 months ago) because I am SO done having strangers stick their fingers inside me after all the pregnancy check-ups and the actual birth. So I can sympathize with your feelings. (but after about 4 months sex was good again for me, so not identical experiences)

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