I’ll admit it, as a plus-sized, queer Latina, I had reservations my first time getting a Pap smear.
I was afraid of being slut-shamed, fat-shamed, and dismissed as unfortunately is the case for many plus-sized individuals with cervixes. This is why Health At Every Size (HAES) informed doctors are so important. Having a doctor that truly listens to your concerns and has your best interest at heart regardless of the number on the scale, makes all the difference. I now can have peace of mind, knowing that I’m screened regularly for cervical cancer. Which is why I firmly believe we need to #ProtectThePap. For the health of everyone with a cervix, no matter your gender, no matter your sexual preference, no matter your size. Everyone deserves access to this potentially life-saving test!
The Pap is for Everyone
Mayra isn’t alone when she admits to feelings of insecurity associated with her healthcare, but she’s learned that there are tons of wonderful doctors and valuable resources out in the world, and each one is ready to provide important care like the Pap test no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.