Feeling anxious about appointment

I’ve got an appointment for my 3 year appointment next month for cervical screening, but I always get anxious about going as it has always been painful for me. I was wondering if it would be better for me to lie in a different position which may be more comfortable for me and if anybody else has done this and should I discuss this with the nurse first and can they use smaller equipment too?

Hi there! I try not to get anxious (easier said than done, I know) and breath through the examination. I’m sure the medical practitioner would not be phased by you asking about different positions and sizes of medical equipment. They want you to feel as comfortable as possible so the procedure can be done quickly. I hope it goes more comfortably for you.