Ladies, for those of you who are fed up and still searching for some answers about all those pap tests, there is a site well worth a visit with some very interesting comments on the subject – 8,398 comments with more each day. This link will take you to the most recent comments on the site: http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/unnecessary-pap-smears/comments-page-175/#comments Navigating prompts to peruse all comments are near the top and bottom of each page.
The comments are informative, inspirational, sometimes may move you to tears, and other times may provide a good chuckle or two. You do not need to log in if you decide to submit a comment, and any comment you wish to share will not be censored or edited.
Here is one example of the comments you will find on the site:
This is a very interesting and informative blog. Earlier this year I made the decision not to go for any more cervical smear tests, but wanted to research the actual risk I was taking. I started to search online for information, but only seemed to come across articles and threads that said that women ‘needed’ to have this done and that any woman not adhering to the program was irresponsible and immature. This just got my back up because they were not addressing the actual risk/benefits of either testing or not testing. I got the distinct impression that it was an unwritten rule and therefore I HAD to comply. Now I was starting to get really annoyed – I hate being patronized and treated as though I do not have the mental capacity to weigh up the pros and cons of medical screening. Anyhow, now quite fired up and still determined to find some decent information, I happened upon this site. I have diligently read from the beginning (it has taken me a couple of weeks to get to this page)and can honestly say my eyes have been opened by all the information provided. The amount of false negatives and over treatment is quite literally heart breaking and makes me really angry – as though all these women are just collateral damage and don’t matter – that they should be grateful having pieces of their bodies cut or burnt off even though there was nothing wrong with them in the first place. It’s the stuff of nightmares. I am fortunate never to have received an abnormal result. I doubt I could have coped with a colposcopy and all the associated horrors if it had turned out to be nothing. I have also been really touched by some of the harrowing experiences of many of your participants. I have had my own battles with the medical profession and can empathize with your experiences . . .
Thanks girls – I feel as if I know you all a little and thanks for being there. There must be loads more like us. (Chrissy)