I just read the arcticle in the magazine and think this is a great campaign; I hope it encourages more ladies to go for a smear.
I've grown up with a very healthy attitiude towards smear tests and other "ladies things" thanks to having an amazing mum who was always willing to talk to me openly about "embarrassing" subjects that my friends didn't always feel comfortable speaking to their mums about.
I also went through the upset of seeing my best frined lose her mum at a young age to ovarian cancer. My friend and I were 11 at the time and I didn't really understand what had been wrong, other than that it was cancer and she'd had it in her lady parts. When my own mum said she was going for something called a smear test to make sure she was healthy down there, I was very happy because I didn't want her to get sick like my friends mum had. Even though Sue died of ovarian cancer and not cervical, it still stood out to me that us ladies need to look after ourselves down there, and my mum being so open and relaxed about her smear test made me feel confident to book mine when the letter arrived not long after my 20th birthday (I turned 20 not long before the age for your first smear test was raised to 25).
I've had 3 smear tests now, and I always book right away when I get that letter. It's not the nicest way to spend 5 minutes and I'd rather NOT have a stranger poking around my lady garden, but it doesn't hurt and I've never had a bad experience and don't have any horror stories to share.
If anyone reading this is worried about a smear test I'd encourage them to please
bite the bullet and book. Love your Vaj ladies!
PS: I call mine, "the badger." It's a long story