Urine Test Instead of Pap Smear? Yes Please!

Driving along in my car on Wednesday on my usual run from daycare the news bulletin played and one of the headlines was ‘scientist may have found an alternative to pap smears’. In that brief moment that I heard that news, the past 13 or so years of experiencing Pap smears crossed my mind in a big giant flash. My hands gripped the wheel a little tighter.

News.com.au reported that a urine test has been formulated to be able to detect the two highest risk strains of the HPV virus. The test was able to correctly identify 87 per cent of cases and was 73 per cent effective in detecting the two highest strains of HPV. Not bad considering the 98 per cent accuracy rate with a traditional pap smear.

I was absolutely mortified by my very first pap smear test. I went to see the doctor who I’d been seeing since I was a baby but thinking about how close he was going to get to my ‘hoo-ha’ and what he was going to do made me sick.

pap smear replaced with urine test

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And when I saw this thing, I almost wanted to vomit!

urine test pap smear

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Let’s just say he was not the most gentle at performing pap smears nor the most organised and literally left things ‘hanging in there’ because he forgot a piece of the speculum!

I’ve had my fair share of papsmears over the years, possibly a few more than some people because back in 2007-2008 I had CIN3 (pre-cancerous) cells and have undergone a few biopsies and the letz-loop procedure.

I think since having a baby, pap smears are much more bearable and I’ve developed a way of thinking which puts a positive spin on the whole experience. BUT, I will never forget the time (pre-kids) when I had a biopsy and the nurse invited all the students in to have a good look. She did ask me first and in my mind I was just thinking ‘ah, fuck it, why not have more people look..they need to learn’.

But….even though I’m much more comfortable with it I would still LOVE to just pee in a damn jar. I quite frankly a little bit over every Tom, Dick and Harry having close looks at my lady bits thank you very much.

pap smear urine test

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But, the actual fact is that the urine test is not here yet and we still have to have those horrid duck bill looking speculums inserted, only for 30 seconds, but for what feels like 30 minutes.

News.com.au reported that women aged 20-69 years are urged to have a Pap smear test every two years but just 57 per cent of Australian women meet these guidelines. Are you in the other 43 per cent? Keep your pap smear up to date, it’s 30 seconds that could save your life!

Today I’m linking up for Thankful Thursday with my friend Sarah from Creating Contentment

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. September 18, 2014 / 9:38 am

    They are horrible aren’t they! I’m with you and have had ‘non-normal’ results and have had to go back for more. Not cool. I’d be thankful to pee in a cup! To not have to go through this experience of a pap smear would be so so brilliant. It does get better with time, the more often I’ve had one, but still. I’d rather not be lying on a table, naked with strange men inside me.

    Thank you for linking up, my love. It is so nice to have you here. xx

  2. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    September 18, 2014 / 11:10 am

    Wow how good would a little wee test be!! That would be much, much more enjoyable!!

  3. Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me
    September 18, 2014 / 11:41 am

    That would be amazing if we could just do urine test!! Great work scientists!

  4. September 18, 2014 / 11:48 am

    Bring on the urine test!!

  5. LydiaCLee
    September 19, 2014 / 7:26 am

    Oh please! I hate, hate, hate that…and I should know better but it makes me flinch and carry on.(Still do it regularly like a clock tho…)

  6. The Plumbette
    September 19, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    That would be awesome if it came about! I agree pap smears are easier after having kids but it’s not a nice test to have. It saves lives though so I make sure I go every 2 years.

  7. September 19, 2014 / 2:16 pm

    Saw this on the news, a urine test would be so much better.

  8. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    September 19, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    I am overdue and not looking forward to that contraption or disorganised Doctors. I always go females too – no male Doctors thanks!

  9. September 19, 2014 / 8:34 pm

    Sign me up for the wee test any day x

  10. Alicia-OneMotherHen
    September 30, 2014 / 8:43 am

    The wee test cannot come quickly enough!