It’s all very well reading a factual account of what happens during a cervical smear, but how does it feel to actually get one? We spoke to Stevie Martin, a journalist who wrote about her own smear test, to find out.
“They put a speculum up you, which is sort of like a test tube. It’s not as big as people make out and it’s lubricated so it doesn’t hurt,” says Stevie Martin.
“A lot of people struggle because they don’t relax and their vaginal muscles clamp down, so I did a lot of deep breathing and made sure I was chilled out down there. Then they brush a bit of your cervix, which again you barely feel,” she continues
Is Stevie glad she got her smear test? “I was worried about getting my smear because I’d heard a lot of horror stories about it,” she says, “I cried in the waiting room and hyped it up so much, but when it happened it was absolutely fine.”