Guest Post by Emily – The Dreaded Smear Test

Today, I am publishing a guest post from an old friend of mine Emily who writes her own blog Luciferslefthand.  I have known Emily for a very long time, she is one of the most honest people I know, who will tell it to you straight, but she is also one of the most supportive people I know.

One thing Emily is passionate about is the dreaded smear test, we all dread it, but all go along to our appointment and say afterwards it was not too bad.  Everyone who knows Emily, when they get their letter through the post, automatically thinks I must tell her I have one booked.

So my letter turned up yesterday reminding me it is time to go and have my test, and I automatically thought of Emily (she does get known for a lot more as well), and whilst on Facebook I saw that Emily had written a post on her blog about smear tests, and I thought she is so passionate about this, and it is something that women are scared of, or put off.  I asked if she would like to write a guest post for me, and she very kindly agreed and sent this over to me.

Hi followers of Stressed Sam!

First of all, i’d like to say a big thanks to Sam for inviting me to do a guest post on her blog, makes me feel all grown up and like a proper blogger! I’ve arrived! 
I’ve known Sam for very many years, though we’ve yet to meet in the flesh, we have daughters the same age and have talked and laughed and cried our way through the many and varied trials and tribulations of parenting together. I don’t care what anyone says, some of my best friends live in my computer and we have an amazing supportive community of friends going on through cyberspace. 
So, as to why I’m guesting here. To cut a long story short (and should you want to know more of the story, feel free to visit my blog at I want to make you ladies go and get your smear test. Like, today. Smear testing saved my life and since then I’ve been on a bit of a personal mission to harass and cajole as many people as possible to go. I have created a hash tag for the sake of spreading this message far and wide. Now, a word of warning, I’m not one for subtle. and I’m a bit fond of swear words. so my hashtag might be a bit rude. But its effective and that’s what counts right?
use it, talk about it,  blame the vulgarity on me. I don’t care. I’d rather be known for being a potty mouth that gets people to get their check ups!
it gets less gross over time. 
or not. 
apologies for lowering the tone, Sam….
A huge thank you to Emily for writing a guest post for me, and ladies please do not put off your smear test when that letter comes through.


  1. Milly Youngman
    17th July 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Smear tests are SO important, and really not as horrendous as I was expecting. In fact, I got a fit of giggles during mine!

    Milly | Mini Adventures

    • admin
      17th July 2016 / 9:19 pm

      They are important, and not as bad as you think. I usually chat through mine x

    • Emily
      18th July 2016 / 1:04 am

      They really aren’t awful generally! Glad you braved it!

  2. Anosa
    17th July 2016 / 7:41 pm

    Thanks so much for reminder Emily, I did mine when I just turned 25 and not been since, I need to go back again.

    • admin
      17th July 2016 / 9:17 pm

      Thank you, Emily is very vocal about it and it is such an important thing to get done x

    • Emily
      18th July 2016 / 1:08 am

      Its really easy to forget or think ‘i’ll do it next week’ and that’s why I keep up my campaign of harassment and badgering amongst my friends really. I’m like a reminder on your phone with more swearing 😂. Do go get it done, spread the message. (and the #gashtag if you feel that way inclined! )

      • admin
        18th July 2016 / 3:22 pm

        It is easy to forget and Emily is right she does harrass and badger us all, and if she knows someone is putting it off she will not stop until you have it done. Thank you so much for your guest post x

        • Emily
          18th July 2016 / 11:28 pm

          thanks for having me! you can come do a post on mine should you wish too, any time!

          • admin
            19th July 2016 / 9:35 am

            I would love too, and I might have a happy post soon about Miss C 🙂

  3. 17th July 2016 / 9:07 pm

    This is such a great post, thank you! Smear tests are so important, I keep asking for an early one but they won’t allow it.

    • admin
      17th July 2016 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you they are important and I do wish they would lower the age x

    • Emily
      18th July 2016 / 1:02 am

      There are sound medical reasons why smear testing isn’t offered under 25 routinely, to do with evidence that it doesn’t improve outcomes. That said, if you have any symptoms such as mid-cycle bleeding or pain etc you should definitely be seen by a gynaecologist and/or get a smear. Please do see someone if you are concerned at all. And spread the word! #gashtag

  4. 17th July 2016 / 10:02 pm

    #gashtag, I love it! I just went for my first test a few weeks back, it’s so important to have them! 🙂

    • admin
      18th July 2016 / 3:23 pm

      I love the #gashtag as well, well done for going for your first one x

      • Emily
        18th July 2016 / 11:29 pm

        spread the #gashtag Jess! hahaha

  5. 18th July 2016 / 5:55 am

    Smear tests aren’t the nicest thing in the world, but they save lives and I always make sure that I go.

    • admin
      18th July 2016 / 3:21 pm

      No one likes going for a smear test but I would rather go and have mine done than the worry of not going.

      • Emily
        18th July 2016 / 11:32 pm

        after I had my surgery I had to have what the call a vault smear for a couple of years, to be sure all was ok. These are fairly unusual, and no one in my doctors surgery had done one before, So they ALL wanted to see. At one point there were 3 nurses, a doctor and a random woman off the street (not really) watching. I felt like i should be selling tickets. Any shyness about it is long gone for me!

  6. 18th July 2016 / 8:45 am

    Smear tests are so important, and really not as bad as everything thinks they will be at all. Maybe a little bit uncomfortable, but better than the alternative.

    • admin
      18th July 2016 / 3:20 pm

      Totally agree and they only take a couple of minutes, but a lot better than the alternative

  7. 18th July 2016 / 9:04 pm

    These tests are so important.I agree with everyone who commented.I also have to go for tests.great reminder

    • admin
      19th July 2016 / 9:36 am

      Glad to act as a reminder, I have to book mine in x

  8. 18th July 2016 / 10:30 pm

    Great to know Emily. Smear test is essential as it can really save a life. Thanks for the reminder, dear. 🙂

    • admin
      19th July 2016 / 9:36 am

      It is a life saver, and unfortunately something a lot of women put off x

  9. 20th July 2016 / 7:40 pm

    I wrongly put my smear test off for nearly two years and totally regret it- it was nothing!! xxx

    • admin
      21st July 2016 / 2:45 pm

      I think the thought of them are scary at first, but once you have had one you realise they are nothing to worry about or put off having done x

  10. 28th July 2016 / 7:04 pm

    Great guest post, we should all make sure we get these done when we get the reminders through.

    • admin
      29th July 2016 / 9:52 am

      This is a post I am going to be sharing every now and then as a reminder, smears are so important and could be a potential life saver x

  11. Charli Bruce
    28th July 2016 / 8:06 pm

    I put my smear test off for a really long time because I was so scared, I realised I shouldn’t be. I’m glad I went now because lets just say I didn’t get the best results from it x

    • admin
      29th July 2016 / 9:46 am

      They are scary but once you have had one you realise they are nothing to be scared about, and something they do all the time. Glad you went and hope all is ok now x

  12. 28th July 2016 / 7:14 pm

    I love this so much, smear tests are so important!

    • admin
      29th July 2016 / 9:50 am

      Thank you, they are important and Emily is well known amongst us all for nagging about them, and she is always the first person we tell when we have had ours x

    • admin
      29th July 2016 / 9:41 am

      I think it is more the waiting for that letter after, mine is booked in now x

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