Just wanted to let you know that I got my first pap smear today, and it was super quick and easy!
The doctor lubed up a speculum, put it in, widened it (which didn't hurt at all), got the sample from my cervix (which was only a tiny bit uncomfortable, but not painful), and that was it. It was all over in less than 30 seconds!
When I booked the appointment, I had a look at the pap smear tag here, to try to prepare myself. The information I learned was very helpful. Thanks, y'all!