Had my vault smear and 6 month check up this morning. Was terrified beforehand but all went well. The vault smear wasn't painful as I thought it would be and he had a good feel round inside too. The results will be back in 1-2 weeks but he said he would phone me if anything was wrong.
He said it has healed nicely and it all looks good which is a relief. I still have some internal healing going on from my 2nd op which apparently could take up to 2 years to heal - the left side of my vertical scar is a bit swollen and is slightly painful when pressed - don't mind this as long as I know the reason behind it.
I asked him why not all places do vault smears and he said not all consultants believe that they are necessary He says he does them as you can find out early stage vaginal cancer that way and he likes to give his patients extra reassurrance by doing them. He does them at 6 months post op and then another one at 12 months after that but will do them again if the patient requests it.
He said he will start drawing out the appointments now all is looking ok, my next one is in 4 months time, I will have a MRI in November, see him in December then probably have 6 month appointments next year depending on how the next ones go.
Still getting some vulva soreness and itching and he has prescribed some hormone cream for that to be used twice weekly.
Will feel happier when the smear results come through but that's another hurdle over with for now!