hi all! Just had my first smear test....didnt go well to ay the least! I was meant to be getting one done next month to start an investigation to see if i have endometriosis plus ive just turned 25 and its standard to get one done. Wanted to check everything was ok. Anyway i was in the third week of my cyle and tried to have sex but it was quite painful my cervix felt waay lower down than its ever been before. I know near your period it is lower down and is at its highest point during ovulation but even my bf said it didnt feel right! I have a weak bladder and started to think i had a prolapse. Got myself into a state and went to the doctor for a smear and internal to check everything was ok! Tries to stay relaxed as i know that makes it easier and i was worried as i am very short and slim and think im quite small down there. The speculum went in fine but when she started to open it...the pain! I raised my voice and told her to stop...she continued for a second or two and then stopped. So turns out i had thrush...releived i must say!lol She said i was quite red and raw. I never thought it could be thrush coz i wasnt itchy or anything. Just wondering as im sure most of u have experienced smear tests, when they start to open the speculum is it meant to open below ur cervix as thats what i thought. But i was in pain because when she was opening it it was pressing on the sie of my cervix and i couldnt take the pain! plus ur meant to get it done mid cycle, ur more moist then so that should make things easier!! Still want children but it has scared me a bit i can only imagine birth pain coz that smear itself was unbearble and she had to stop so i didnt even get one done!! Feel like aabit of a failure!!