Just wanted to share that I have just been for my first 6 month follow up smear, having had a LLETZ for CIN 3 back in October. I was feeling OK about it but my goodness, the nurse was one of the rudest, most unpleasant people I have had the misfortune to come across. When she asked when my last period was, and I said that it was approximately 3 weeks ago and that I am due to come on next Wednesday/Thursday, she rolled her eyes and snapped "You're meant to have a smear in the middle of your cycle. I probably won't get enough cells, so they might not be able to give you a result. Then you have to wait 3 months to have another smear". I was shocked at her manner and tone but also, I have never been told that you have to have your smear in the middle of your cycle - am I just being thick? Surely it would say that on my 6 month appointment letter if it was so important?? She seemed very hurried and I felt that she was a bit rough and heavy handed when doing the smear. She said that I'd bled, so there was even less chance that the sample could be analysed. As the nurse was clearly such a b****, I didn't waste my breath to ask for her opinion/advice on the bleeding.
I have bled on a previous smear (my first ever one - which came back clear) but obviously now, after going through all this abnormality nonsense, I am worried that this is a bad sign. Has anyone else bled on a smear? I have never bled after sex so I don't understand why I bleed during smears. It has set my mind whirring with worries.
So overall, what was already an unpleasant procedure was made even worse by a nasty nurse (why someone like that enters the health profession is beyond me!). I have had a cuppa and a chocolate bar to soothe my nerves.....now just the wait for results. Am off on holiday next week and I refuse to let it be ruined by worry and anxiety!! I will keep you all updated - fingers and toes crossed for good news xxx