Many women fret about having a cervical smear and worry about the procedure to the point of avoiding it altogether. Sadly, this embarrassment leads all to often to women neglecting to make their smear test appointments a priority and it is very common for women to miss tests for no good reason.
The test itself is fairly minor and for the majority of women it is painless and over very quickly. It is best performed mid menstrual cycle although you can expect some slight spotting or bleeding afterwards. Only if the bleeding is serious do you need to alert your medical caregivers.