Something girly ~ Something every lady needs to know

By berrysmotivation - November 03, 2017

Anything intimate that involves certain parts of the body are mostly regarded as inappropriate, so hardly ever talked about. 35years old Lady X had only started dating her boyfriend who had been celibate 7 years prior to the start of the relationship. She was experiencing right sided back pain and had gone to see her doctor about it. Several tests were done, she was also started on regular pain killers which didn't help much. Once she started to have sex with her new boyfriend, she would bleed before and after sex coupled with the fact that her period started getting weird(in her words) more painful and heavier. It was all these symptoms that got her referred to a gynaecologist who ordered a smear test. Unfortunately, it came out abnormal and not just that she was also told she had an ovarian cyst. The doctors were more concerned about the changes in her cervix and not the cyst. After several tests, it was positive that she had cervical cancer. She was also told that it had spread to her kidneys hence the back pain. Our beautiful lady X had a stent put in her kidneys which helped with the back pain and had series of chemotherapy. The story is quite lengthy so this is just a summary. Good news is she survived and is still living but think about the process of treatment she had to go through plus the trauma it had caused her.

According to the NHS, about 3,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.K. What about those left undiagnosed especially in developing countries where people are ignorant with no proper awareness.
It is possible for women of all ages to develop cancer although mainly affects sexually active women aged 30-45 and very rare in women under 25.

Lots of people are unaware of what needs to be done and when to do the tests. Luckily in the U.K  CERVICAL SMEAR TEST/SCREENING is routinely done and if you fall under the age bracket you will be invited for a voluntary test. However, this routine screening is not done in all countries and it should be your responsibility to request to have it done. All you need do is book an appointment with a gynaecologist or go to a centre where these tests are done.The price varies and also depends on if you decide to go public or private.

Its done every 3 years in those between the ages of 25 and 49
              every 5 years in those between the ages of 50 and 64
In those  >65years only if they haven't been screened since age 50 or have had recent abnormal tests.

The advantage of being screened regularly is the opportunity to have abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix identified at an early stage and if necessary have the recommended treatment.

The aim of this is the prevention of cervical cancer. Do not be shy to get tested. It takes approximately 10-15minutes to have this done. You will be required to answer certain questions and then all it involves is putting an instrument called a  speculum in your vagina to have a clear view of the cervix and depends on what the hospital uses, a soft tiny brush is then inserted to collect cells from your cervix which would be sent off to the lab. Results should be ready in about 2weeks or slightly more than that. It is not a painful procedure, mild spotting may occur which is expected. Once you are done, you just have to wait for the results and if abnormal cells are seen you will be invited for further screening otherwise if normal you will wait till the next 3- 5years to have it done, depending on what age group you fall under.

Prevention is always better than cure. Be up to date with all mandatory tests, live a clean, healthy life and indulge in a healthy lifestyle. Don't forget your mums, aunties, friends, relatives who may not be aware of this. Encourage them to get screened.

Have a lovely weekend.

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  1. Very good one doc...
    To think that people are scared to check things like this.
    Early diagnosis and detection is always key

    1. Thank you and I’m sure this would help people overcome their fears .