Hi guys :)
I'm new here and would really love some advice, as I suffer with chronic anxiety and this is really unsettling me at the moment. I'm 24 and living in the UK, I have studied Healthcare and know my basic things, but i've never in-depth studied about cervical issues, only general gynaecological stuff.
I recently went to my doctor regarding some symptoms (increased irregular/prolonged bleeding, brown discharge, lower pelvic/back pains, hot flashes etc) and told her i've had irregular periods, suspected hormone imbalance for years. We did a test for Chlamydia (but I knew it wouldn't come back as anything, as i've only ever been with 1 man) and that came back negative.
So my doctor did a vaginal swab there and then, only took a minute and said she'd let me know if there was an issues. I got a call yesterday, simply asking me to come in and now have a smear test done. Now, the number 1 reason that got me freaking out is that here in the UK, screening starts at 25 and they're always so reluctant and often plain will not do, a smear test under 25. But, i've been told to have one and i'm not 25 until 6 months time.
So tommorrow, I have the smear test. I'm looking for some advice if anyone knows, of why I have been called for this? What might they have picked up on the general swab test, and also is there any (non-cancerous) reasons why they might want to do it?
Reassurance and advice would be great.