I know many women are traumatized by pap smear tests.
I have been hearing about alternatives but had never read up on them.
There was a post by a woman who was behind on her screening and terrified/ashamed.
I looked up ‘speculum free pap’ The top search was a link to planned parenthood services and an the second was an article about a callascope which is only for viewing the cervix, not a substitute for paps. Lower down was some obscure article about a small study in older women.
Someone asked me to post here so I out in ‘no speculum pap’ and got links to ‘self’ magazine articles about pap smears, how to make a trip to the gyno easier etc
I had to do extensive searches to find that this has already been a thing in the UK/Australia!! If you put in ‘smear test’ there is a lot of info.
In the US we say ‘pap smear’ or ‘pap’ but in UK and Australia its called a ‘smear test’. The very important test is to check for HPV.
Why TF would ‘pap’ not bring me to ‘smear’ info??
If there was something to buy or some social phenomena etc, the search engine would have captured the synonym and lead me to the right places. If I was googling symptoms it would bring me to some sponsored web site so I could hear some scary breakdown of how it’s probably cancer-full of links and advertising pop ups, lol.
I’m just angry about how women’s health is not a priority to the tech wizards who very much do manage search engines and what articles come up. I know this because when I try to search some GC article or topic, I am more often than not brought to some pro-trans articles or trans-as-victims stories.