Live smear test, Q&A with the nurse & Office group discussion

After meeting with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust this year, I wanted to do something to help encourage more women to book and attend their cervical screenings here in the UK as statistics had shown that 1 in 4 women skip the cervical screening, with the proportion increasing to 1 in 3 among those aged 25 to 29 and to 1 in 2 in some more deprived regions of the UK. I decided that something I think I would have found really reassuring before attending my first test, would have been to have watched someone else having their test and to understand a little more about it. Therefore, that’s what I decided to do! Loaded with your questions from instagram, I took my camera (and Maddie and Lauren who filmed for me) into my smear with the absolutely lovely Jenny! Although filming this was certainly out of my comfort zone, I really hope it encourages any of you who feel a bit uncertain, or have simply put it off to call your local GP and book your smear tests. Let me know in the comments if you have after watching this, and please also feel free to share your experiences below too for others to read.

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34 thoughts on “Live Smear Test, Q&A With The Nurse & Office Group Discussion

  1. I’m 20 and went for my smear test – honestly nothing to worry about. Just think, the doctors see and do this kind of thing everyday, all the time. Never be afraid to do something that will keep your health in check! I was surprised to see that Zoe would get her results back in 12 weeks. In New Zealand, I got mine back within 2 weeks. Otherwise, she hit the nail on the head and gave a well in-depth video on what happens. 😊😊😊

  2. This is an incredible video. Thank you Zoe for doing this. I’ve had a couple of smear tests (delayed because of pregnancies) and they are awkward and a little uncomfortable but so important. Such a fantastic and eye opening video, well done 👍🏻

  3. Thanks zoe 😊💖for showing me a real test there were things I never thought of like skirt and pants. I would of just thought putting my trousers down to my ankles was fine. I have only seen it on ITV show this morning so it's not seemed that real before.

  4. A massive well done to Zoe sugg! I think you have definetly inspired a lot of girls to go and get it done! You should be really proud of yourself!❤️ you’ve always been an inspiration from day one anyway! Well done for getting out of your comfort zone!😄

  5. What you did is a massive service to the ladies and young girls that follow you. I applaud your courage to put yourself out there (so to speak), and show us all that this doesn't have to be scary, and it is a vital thing to have done. I wish all of this was more prevalent when I was younger, i do have HPV. I have the # 1 cancer causing culprit, and have had problems with my "foof" (love that name btw). You are exactly the type of Woman and Youtube role model I want my Daughter to have.

  6. I think it’s also so important to note that not everyone’s experience is pain free or positive. I had a really tough time during mine and experienced some pain, huge amount of discomfort, several attempts and a belly ache for the rest of the day. Can’t believe watching someone else that they didn’t go through that aswell!

    Luckily I went and my results are negative but I think it’s so important to know that it isn’t always plain sailing, but like you said it lasts hardly any time x

  7. Amazing!! What an great video for a brilliant cause. I commend you for putting something like this on your platform and braving it for the camera! 🤗🤗🙌🏼🙌🏼

  8. I applause you for doing this not only to raise awareness but for putting yourself through this for your viewers well done you should be extremely proud of this if thos video makes just one person aware and go for a smear then your already won this could actually save a life well done xxxx

  9. So strange I literally got my letter from the NHS today inviting me to the screening cause I’m finally of age. This has made me feel fine about the whole thing

  10. Everyone feels anxious during these visits. It's a scary thing. But it doesn't mean we shouldn't talk about it. Thank you for spreading the importance of reproductive health. This is AMAZING!!!! xo

  11. 44 minutes ago I thought a smear test consisted of shoving a cotton swab YOURSELF up your vagina to get a sample, couldn’t of been more far off! Thank you for educating and spreading awareness, schools don’t do this topic justice. We should be taught about this process to normalise it from an early enough age! ❤️

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