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(Artwork by @makedaisychains )
Today I was scheduled to post about the aftermath of Cervical Cancer Awareness Week that occurred last month, to discuss stats & success stories & to reiterate the importance of attending your smear test. However, in my research for the post I stumbled across this illustration & post from Hannah of Make Daisy Chains & I couldn't not share it; in all the cervical health awareness, I had never been aware that anyone other than a cis woman had to attend a smear. And that sucks!.
Whether it's lack of general awareness, a bit of unintentional ignorance on my part as a privileged woman born in a woman's body or me not fully understanding (yet still fully supporting, let that be known!) such trans issues, the world needs to be more aware that cervical cancer doesn't just affect cis women. And I'm so grateful for people like Hannah who can educate us about this. Thank you @makedaisychains.
Next time I'm due my smear, I need to suck in up & count my blessings because to some, that smear means far more inner turmoil than a bit of shyness.
Think about it. Be open minded & consider your privilege. And make sure you keep on top of your cervical health regardless of your pronoun - we're all worthy of a clean bill of health & the help to make it so.
@makedaisychains : "This is a drawing for anyone who does not identify as a cis woman who needs a smear test because they have a cervix. I see you struggling every time you see campaigns, leaflets , doctors etc using cis focused language. The zine I made is trans inclusive and has a page just for trans men & non binary people who may need a smear test. Link in bio, go to my patron, it’s free to download there.
Smear tests provide the best protection against the disease BUT attendance is falling across the UK, we’re at a 20 year low in England
The reasons people with cervix’s don’t attend are wide ranging, including embarrassment, fear, not thinking it’s important, not understanding what it’s for and simply putting it off
I wrote a zine last year with tips and advice for those who struggle to get a smear test because of sexuality, gender, trauma, mental health and more"