I had my pap smear done three times last year. The first pap smear was done with a brush which I didn't like because I could literally feel my uterus. I didn't like the pinching factor either. In addition, at night, I couldn't sleep due to the tingling pain side effect that I had due to the brush of the pap smear.
The second and third pap smears were done with the silver metal speculum or spatula which I found it more comfortable and it hurt less afterwards.
My mom believes that the gynecologist used the wrong devices for the pap smear because every time I went for the pap smear there wasn't enough cells for the laboratory. I did notice that the gynecologist had to use different devices to do the pap smear when I went to get it done in three different occasions that same year.
I am a virgin and I was wondering if I have the option of telling the doctor that I want the metal spatula or speculum for the follow up pap smear or if I have to tell the nurse that prepares the pap smear items???
I recently saw the doctor who will perform the pap smear on me. I mainly went to see the doctor because I had a white disharge and some irritation. The doctor told me that I have to wait for the yeast infection to clear up before he does the pap smear especially since the area was irritated and sensitive which I agreed in that aspect. I am just worried that the doctor will use the small brush for the pap smear and worried about the side effects because I don't want to go through the bad experience that I had last year with the previous gynecologist.
Any advice or tips in regards to this matter is greatly appreciated.