“Mum at what age do I need to have a SMEAR?”
Being a parent is a learning curve, just like every other challenges we had faced growing up!
You’re a kid and life plods along whilst we all have fun, no worries, everything done for us, learning new things all the time, but one thing that’s familiar with most children is that “We want to get bigger”.
Every year, that birthday comes along, another year bigger, older and wiser, learning boundaries and life skills, to then growing into a teenager, that knows it all!
Before we know it, we are young adults, let loose into the big wide world, we start work, building relationships, then bang! we have our own families!
“WE ARE GROWING UP! And know it all” Or should I say!
“WE’VE NOW GROWN UP! And are still learning it all”.
So, I write this blog, because I want things to change, between me and my children being able to communicate, compared to me and my parents! personally I do not recall having chats with my parents about periods, sex, abuse, bullies or having a smear and all the rest.
AND so now I’m the parent!
I’m needed to guide my children and get the knowledge, to support them and here’s one of those times as a parent, that I was needed.
“Mum, when should I have a smear test, is there an age, I’m quite worried about it, thinking about it, puts me off going”.
I’m quite blunt and explained the whole lot in detail, reassuring her, but I did not know the answer as to when she should have her first smear test? so I contacted “Targeted Ovarian Cancer”
via Twitter: https://twitter.com/TargetOvarian
Who gave me an instant reply:
Smear tests (cervical screening) detect changes to cells in the cervix but don’t help to detect ovarian cancer. There’s no nationwide screening programme for #ovariancancer so it’s vital to know the symptoms (Jo’s Trust has more information on smear tests!)
For more information about what Target Ovarian Cancer is all about, visit their sites here:
I must say that I was surprised to be told that having a smear test does not detect ovarian cancer and I will have a further read into what symptoms we should look out for here! https://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/information-and-support/what-ovarian-cancer/ovarian-cancer-symptoms
So, I then contacted “Jo’s Trust” and received this reply:
Hi there, your daughter may be invited for her smear test 6 months before her 25th birthday when she is eligible but must be registered with a GP. You can find more information about this on our website: https://www.jostrust.org.uk/
Many thanks, Louise and the Jo’s team
Thank you both for pointing me in the right direction as Target Ovarian Cancer and Jo’s Trust has all I need to know about the signs and symptoms and everything about having a smear!
Not only does both these provide information, emotional and practical support to women, their families and friends they also fund raise, campaign and research exploring the gaps in knowledge about cervical cancer and prevention that exist.
Check out Jo’s Trust other pages:
I hope this information has given you an insight as to when your teenager needs to have a smear test thanks to Jo’s Trust and everything needed to know about smears and as well as keeping an eye on the symptoms of Ovarian cancer thanks to Targeted Ovarian cancer.
You’re both doing a great job, well done!
From Netty at https://vipmums.co.uk