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    Does anyone know whether there's a reason Wales and Scotland have stuck at 20? It seems a little strange they haven't followed suit yet if there really is no risk at leaving it until you're 25 for your first smear test.

    What do other people think about it?
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    I got a letter through last week asking me to go for one, I have only just turned 20 and I stay in Scotland.Not really sure whether I should either, to be honest not really sure what it involves
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    I'm pretty sure if you look at the "twinkle tests" thread (sticked in best ever threads or something) the age is now 25 for england.
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    ok my post made no sense

    here's the "twinkle tests" thread: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=99312
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    (Original post by xXMessedUpXx)
    I'm pretty sure if you look at the "twinkle tests" thread (sticked in best ever threads or something) the age is now 25 for england.
    Yeah I know that , but the age in Wales and Scotland is still 20 and this makes me wonder ...
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    sorry to sound dumb but what are one of these for?
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    tests women for things like cervical cancer, but the problem is that young women have more chance of producing false positvie results (i think, but someone will probably correct me on that)

    i didn't know the age was 20 in scotland... i was 20 last week :eek:

    lou xxx
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    to check for cerivical caner or precancer in women
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    used to be taht way in UK too and in states its annual where as UK its 3 yearly...

    however in the states its all about making money so the more often you go the more money the doc gets.

    the difference in catching cases in doing it annually is minimal hence the reason to do it 3 yearly... also as said earlier it can produce false results when started too early.

    if there is a worry though then it can be done earlier
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    So to wait until I'm 25 or go now? Decisions, decisions ...
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    If you're sexually active I don't see why you'd put it off on a technicality :p: Unless you don't like those sorts of exams....
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    Well I've never had one of those exams before so I'd be lying if I said I wasn't apprehensive. I'm thinking I should just go now and get it over and done with.
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    It's nowt to be worried about, the "implements" are much smaller than your average willy so it's not like you'd be screaming in agony.
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    That's cool then. I spoke to a friend about it and she said it's a tiny bit uncomfortable but it's not painful. I've heard of girls saying it's really painful and worse than losing your virginity (although that didn't really hurt so much for me and I guess they were just being drama queens *LoL*)
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    lol stories are always told better with a bit of drama and ickyness.

    Sure I can think of more pleasant ways to spend 10 minutes but it's a necessity so lie back and think of England...or Wales...or Scotland
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    Right that's it, I'll dig my letter out when I'm back down in Cardiff and give them a ring. When in Wales do as the Welsh do ... *LoL*
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    (Original post by -Emmz-)
    So to wait until I'm 25 or go now? Decisions, decisions ...
    the second highest killer of women in the uk is cervical cancer, but surprisingly i wouldnt ever have heard about it unless i researched it..
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    (Original post by -Emmz-)
    That's cool then. I spoke to a friend about it and she said it's a tiny bit uncomfortable but it's not painful. I've heard of girls saying it's really painful and worse than losing your virginity (although that didn't really hurt so much for me and I guess they were just being drama queens *LoL*)
    If it hurts or is even very uncomfortable then the doctor is doing it wrong and you should let them know. Don't try and spare their feelings, it's their job and they need to do it right so women actually have them done.
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    for a lot of women the most uncomfortable bit is getting the speculum in... especially if your nervous, so try to relax as much as you can... its not a nice thing to get done but it could ultimately save your life.
 
 
 
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