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Is embarrassment the only reason to avoid your smear test?

Posted in Activism, Physical Health, Wellbeing
on January 28, 2018
#Smearforsmear cervical cancer prevention week

Embarrassed to go for a smear test

1 in 4 women don’t make an appointment for cervical screening when invited.

According to a survey by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, 27% of those surveyed who had delayed or not attended their smear test cited embarrassment as the reason.


And that is completely understandable.

It’s also pretty much the common theme in reporting on why women don’t attend. Some of the reporting can come across a bit “silly women for being embarrassed, go and get your smear test”. 

I’ve even read articles that suggest women just ‘get over it’ and make an appointment.

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Alcohol, peer pressure, and being imperfect

Posted in Mental Health, Physical Health, Wellbeing
on January 7, 2018
Alcohol, peer pressure & being imperfect

I can’t seem to say ‘no’ to alcohol without fear of negative response. I’m a little worried about myself.

I guess it’s come up because Christmas and New Year are generally times where we, in the UK, drink an awful lot. There are parties and celebrations and lots of “go on, since it’s Christmas”.


I don’t drink a lot. Honestly, if someone told me today that I could never have alcohol again, it wouldn’t even register. I wouldn’t care.


I don’t mind the odd glass of wine with a meal, and I’ll happily go to the pub for a few hours and have a G&T. I have had a lot of fun being drunk.

But, right now, I’m not enjoying the hours and hours of drinking.

I don’t find it fun, and I don’t like the effect it has on my body so, really, I don’t want to do it anymore.

However, putting that into practice is a different matter.


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