3:38 am - 02/12/2018

Concerns after Pap Smear!

I’m hoping people are still active here. I recently had a Pap smear done and it was incredibly painful I couldn’t stop myself from tearing up and cursing nonstop. I had it this Thursday and I’m still feeling somewhat discomfort. I don’t know how to explain it other than a “loose” feeling and it’s been itching, also for some reason I’ve been queefing frequently. I’ve never had a problem down there but I had to shower right after noticing a bad odor. I feel so dirty. I began reading online about complications and have come across people saying that Pap smears should not even be mandatory because when done incorrectly they can mess you up OR the patient can even contract a std(!) from unsanitized speculums. I’m freaking out! These past days I’ve been feeling so scared, panicked and alone since I have no one to talk about this with. I’m definitely going to make an appointment ASAP to test for STDs and maybe speak with my general DR but I’m so panicked right now I haven’t stopped shaking thinking of all the possibilities. Has anyone gone through any of this?
nathskywalker 12th-Feb-2018 02:03 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're going through this.
If it's any consolation, you probably did not contract an sti from the speculum. It generally takes more than a few days to notice symptoms. Also, iirc, it would be too early to detect most stis.

I remember after my first pap, i felt weird down there too but i think it was just me bouncing back from the experience. If pap smears were super dangerous, i believe they wouldn't be standard practice. Maybe give it a little time, examine your vagina to see if anything feels off, rub in some coconut oil, and try to relax.

Best of luck with this.
honestsleep 12th-Feb-2018 02:49 pm (UTC)
It was my first time getting one and no one ever mentions feeling different afterwards as well but I suppose it makes sense. I did reach out to a advice nurse hotline and she suspects I may have come down with a yeast infection, making a follow up appointment either way. Thanks so much for sharing xx
nathskywalker 13th-Feb-2018 12:54 am (UTC)
I startrd getting pap smears when i got my period. I'm german and i haven't seen as much debate about it here as i have in the us. But it got better as time went on. The first time it felt weird for a day or so after.

I've never had a yeast infection so i have no experience there.

Best of luck with the follow-up!
archangelbeth 13th-Feb-2018 04:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm thinking Yeast Infection or maybe Bacterial Vaginosis. Have you had pap smears before, and were they usually painful? If not, where was the pain -- entry to the vagina, or when the swab was messing with your cervix? If the latter, then also tell the doctor you want to be checked for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), as a very sensitive cervix can be a symptom, and that can happen from, say, bacterial vaginosis being un-treated for too long. (Months, presumably, at least.)

I hope that everything gets sorted out soon! In the meantime, maybe take a shallow bath with vinegar added to the water? Vinegar works against both yeast and BV, but tends to leave the good vaginal bacteria alone.
honestsleep 14th-Feb-2018 04:37 am (UTC)
It was my first Pap smear exam and it was definitely upon entry but it didn’t stop until he was done. I’ve never dealt with any of these symptoms it freaks me out so thanks for the input! I have an appointment tomorrow morning :)
archangelbeth 17th-Feb-2018 06:55 am (UTC)
If it's just the entry-point for the speculum, then that might simply be the fact that there's a dadgum duck-billed thing holding your vaginal opening way open and you don't have any arousal endorphins to keep the sensation from being uncomfortable. (In the future, you can ask for a pediatric speculum, I'm told, and those are smaller and less uncomfortable.)

If the actual swab didn't hurt hugely, then your cervix was probably not inflamed to start with, and thus you are unlikely to have had PID.

I hope that the appointment worked out well!
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