Firstly, I feel very silly for posting this after having read such serious, inspiring and courageous stories on this forum. Basically, I'm 28 years old and I am (shamefully) going for my first smear tomorrow. I have put it off for long enough and for no good reason. I am now terrified as the more I read about the symptoms the more Istart to relate them to myself. I recently noticed a change in my discharge (thicker/clumpier). No bleeding during or after sex, although it can sometimes be painfu which I have put down to my lack of natural lubrication at times. As i know I had this smear coming up and did a self exam, which i wouldn't normal do. I found a small lump on the inside of my vagina and also I am not sure the entrance to my vagina feels as it should. I am now panicking as I feel I have all these things for the nurse to check out tomorrow and don't know where to start. I feel ashamed that I am 28 and have never been checked. I am a chronic worrier. I am just dreading the whole experience and I guess I'm looking for moral support.
Thanks all :)