I’ve done a lot of multitasking while pumping over the past few years, from working out on the elliptical to blogging, from cooking breakfast to driving. However, I’ve now marked another exciting event off my pumping bucket list – pumping while getting a pap smear. HA!
So here’s what happened…
I work at a family practice medical center, and I had been thinking for months about how I needed to get my annual physical done because I hadn’t had a pap smear done in 4 years. It’s covered by insurance so why the hell had I not done it? I also needed to get a referral to a GYN so I could get an IUD put in.
On Monday mornings we have a NP who is here a half day strictly for women’s health exams, and she’s the only person I’d really feel comfortable having do my pap smear now that I work here. My (male) boss used to do them, but it’s just different now that I’m his employee. I’m a pretty open person, and I loved having a male midwife, but there are some lines I just don’t want to cross if I don’t have to!
At any rate, the NP had a light schedule last Monday, and spur of the moment I decided to put myself on her schedule during my normal pump break time so I could kill two birds with one stone. My coworker (and friend) took my blood pressure, heart rate, etc. while I started pumping, and then I continued pumping when the NP came in and we discussed my health history, concerns, etc. SO funny. Luckily I was about done pumping by the time I had to lay down for the breast exam and pap smear, so I set all of my pumping paraphernalia on the table and laid back down. The NP was a little hesitant to do a full breast exam on me because she didn’t want to accidentally express me and get a milk shot in the face (HAHAHA) but all went smoothly, nobody got shot in the face with warm breastmilk, and I checked out A-OK. 🙂 I now have an appointment scheduled on the 18th to get a copper IUD inserted (no hormonal birth control for me). It is SO WEIRD to think about using birth control after being TTC for so many years!