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April 23rd, 2009

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11:07 am - Freaking genius
In the TLL someone just recommended that when you had your pap smear, you do the insertion yourself rather than let them do it. I am writing it here so I remember to try it at my next exam and possibly the ultrasounds. It won't help with some of the problems, but it might cut down on the sheer number of difficulties we experience.

I'm not sure it every occurred to me I could do that.
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Date:April 23rd, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Would that be the speculum insertion?

Honestly, I'm not sure I could get the right angle on anything the doc is doing down there, but if it works, go for it! =)
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Date:April 23rd, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, although I was also thinking about the probe they use for trans-vaginal ultrasounds too.

I imagine they'd have to do most of the manipulation after insertion, but even doing the initial insertion would probably be much more comfortable for me, both mentally and physically.

I've been damaged by routine testing before. It's made me a little nervous, which of course makes it that much more difficult to conduct testing.
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Date:April 23rd, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
I haven't had the pleasure of dealing with the ultrasound process (and hope never to have to...PAPs and colposcopies are bad enough).

I've been blessedly lucky to have not had much trouble with most of the usually office processes, but I can see where it would be very helpful for some women to be able to do certain things themselves. Hopefully your doctor will see it that way too. =)
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Date:April 24th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
I've done the initial insertion with the transvaginal ultrasound probe. The first one I ever had was about 10 years ago when they weren't as modestly sized as they are now and they had a must larger end, like an egg attached to the current wand.

Every little bit of control you can have makes it a better experience.

also, another thing I loved about my midwife practice is that they don't use stirrups. You just put the soles of your feet together and let your knees fall to the sides. It's much less humiliating and a bit more comfortable. Ask for that if you need to as well.
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Date:April 23rd, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
For me, it probably would be six of one, half dozen of t'other. I still have trouble with inserting your run-of-the-mill chick things. When I went to get my pap smear done last time, she pinched me, and everything went tight as a drum, no matter how much she told me to relax.

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