after having treatment for 'abnormal cells' last year I can't stress how important getting checked is. I had LLETZ treatment to get rid of the cells with a follow up smear done to check the cells had all gone. Given the all clear I made sure that when my sisters appointment letter came through she booked a smear straight away - get it done and over with.
Yes a smear isn't the most delightful of processes, but it's really not as bad as people make out. Sure some have had bad experiences but for the majority it's a couple of minutes out of your day. The nurses at my local surgery were lovely during my first smear test and the doctor and nurse that carried out my treatment were amazing. We are incredibly lucky to be given medical care and assistance and I for one hope the NHS is around for my children.
*this isn't something I've been asked to write about, or paid for. I just really think it's important*