Didn't hurt, just uncomfortable. You literally don't need numbing. Try not to stress (I know it's easier said than done). I'm 27, almost 28, so think we're in the same boat! Good luck. Let us know how you get on.
Thank you! Your right was biopsy did not hurt I was surprised! I asked for the area to be numbed and he said that would hurt more than the biopsy lol
for anyone reading this thread the most painful part for me was the speculum going in which was the same for the smear! I was in there all in all around 20 mins and I asked a lot of questions. The process itself took 5 mins! I was so relieved for it all to be over with. I had a male dr who was really nice and 2 lovely nurses who was there for support through out. I was told there was a few abnormal cells and a biopsy was being taken. Results take around 6 weeks I have to wait for results however he said not to worry he thinks it looks ok. I'm so relieved to have gone, I am the biggest wimp ever I cried as soon as I walked into the room however I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders ever since. Ladies get booked in, phone and ask for a cancellations I promise you it's just like a smear!
I googled everything you can imagine in preparation, listened to podcasts about it, watched YouTube videos of people telling stories about their experience however this thread really helped me - Thank you to everyone who took time to write on here xxx
So good that you got it done. It really is so simple and so worth it in compared to not getting it done and having the worry on your shoulders. My results took around 3 weeks and 4 days to come through, so hopefully yours will be similar. All the luck in the world.
I received the dreaded phone call from the nurse at my clinic this morning to say my smear test results have come back abnormal and that the hospital would be in touch about a referral. Scared is an understatement as I was told I would get the results sent out in a letter. The phone call has now made me worried that it is something serious. The wait now for the letter from the hospital is going to be awful and then the wait for the actual appointment will be unbearable. I have myself worried sick as I seem to have a lot of the symptoms of cancer
The fact you have to wait for a referral is an indication you may have CIN1. How old are you may I ask? CIN1 is common in later 20s and early 30s, so although it's easier said than done, try not to stress yourself. Give the clinic or your GP a ring and find out what abnormalities they found. If it is suspected CIN2 or above, they have to see you within 2 weeks, so you usually get an emergency appointment on the first phone call.
Don't panic about the procedure. It's so so simple and virtually painless. See the thread above where myself and a few other women have spoken about each stage we've been through.
You will be okay. They tell you not to search the Internet about the condition, but it really helped for me. Especially the links below.
Thanks for the reply. I'm 35 and a nervous wreck at the best of times. Hope you don't mind me asking but how did you initially find out about your abnormal results and how long was it until you got your colposcopy?
I have read the thread and thanks to you all for sharing your experiences as now I'm not as worried about the colposcopy, it's just the results that scare me.
I got a phone call out the blue the day after boxing day asking for me to book in for an emergency colposcopy and needed to be seen ASAP. I had no idea what was going on as I'd not had any results and obviously just went into a state of panic hearing the word 'emergency'. It was later on on a Friday, so nobody I could call to find out what the hell was going on. Had to wait until the Monday to be able to phone and even then, most people were off work until the New Year, so I honestly understand the nightmare you're going through. It took until around 4th Jan before my letter came in the post with my smear results. They suspected I had CIN2 and HPV positive.
I had my colposcopy on 7th Jan. Most pages online say a loop will be done following a colposcopy for those with CIN2 and CIN3 to remove abnormal cells, however, if you're in your late 20s or early 30s and have CIN2, they prefer to just do the biopsies and monitor you every 6 months as your body can naturally fight those abnormality. My biopsies came back 2 weeks ago and I'm CIN1 and HPV positive, so not as abnormal as they initially thought. Have to go for another colposcopy in June and for as long as I have those abnormalities and HPV, I'll be going to the clinic every 6 months for monitoring.
It's best to be safe than sorry!
If there are any questions you've got that can put your mind at rest, I'm here to help.
The wait must have been awful for you.
Glad your results have come back less abnormal and I hope all will be back to normal with you again soon.
You have definitely calmed me down a bit with your reply. Thank you so much for your help .
I just wanted to share my experience as well as I had my first colposcopy yesterday. I received my smear results earlier last month: HPV positive and low grade dyskaryosis. I spent the past 5 weeks in such a state of ansiety and Google didn't help. I did too think I had symptoms and getting over stressed checking if I had discharges, any pain, etc.
On my colposcopy the doctor said he couldn't see any abnormalities, just signs of the HPV infection and didn't find any abnormal cells so I didn't need biopsy.
I understand very well your anxiety but what really helped me to get through this was to look at the statistics: the chances for abnormal cells to develop to cancer are very low and all the treatments help to avoid even the chance that that can happen. See it as a way to stay healthy rather than you being sick because you are not! You are a healthy woman, remember that!
I hope this helps
Google has me convinced that I'm sick, worst thing I could have done was to look it up. Glad to hear you had no abnormalities. I never even thought to look at statistics, typical me I just went straight to thinking the worst and checked my symptoms. Thank you for your positive words, yes I haven't been diagnosed with anything so I shouldn't be stressing though that's easier said than done. Hopefully I'll not have to wait too long until I get an appointment and hopefully all this stress and worrying has been for nothing.
Please keep us posted on how it goes.
I read this chat before my doctor appointment and you don't actually see lots of people telling you what happens after the visit as if they get good results they forget about it.
I found out so much about HPV since I had the smear test result: it is very common to have HPV and mild dyscaryosis. It doesn't mean you have cancer, you are far from it.
Eat well, reduce your alcohol intake, take vit c, drink tea with fresh turmeric and, most importantly, enjoy life and spend time with your loved ones!
I just got my smear results today. I had my smear two weeks ago. No letter came through the post to say my smear was abnormal. When i called the doctor she said that I had an abnormal smear result but no action would be taken. I said that's weird. Half an hour later the Dr's receptionist called back an said I would be sent for a colonoscopy. I scared I won't get an appointment letter. I told the receptionist that I needed the actual Dr to call me. I asked him if I had HPV. He said yes and it's sexually transmitted. This made me feel terrible. Does this mean hubby has been unfaithful? Anyway I remember the nurse saying they don't check for cancer cells anymore. They just test for HPV. I asked the Dr if there's a possibility I have cancer. He said no. They did check the cells and there not cancerous. So if that's the case why do I need a colposcopy? So confused right now.
You will have pre-cancerous abnormal cells. These are NOT cancer, but potentially turn into it. People see the 'c' word and automatically panic, as I did when I got my phone call. Abnormalities are graded CIN1 - CIN3. It's likely you have CIN1 if you are yet to get a colposcopy appointment and have your results (sometimes referred to as low abnormal cells). Read the feed above regarding colposcopy examinations. Really straight forward, don't hurt and can show abnormalities changing that may need attention; usually CIN3 and some CIN2. Nothing for you to panic about, very similar to a smear. If you are in your late 20s or early 30s, CIN1 is relatively common as your body is still naturally changing and can fight this off itself. Again CIN2 can be found in that age range and be fought off.
As for HPV... There is the stigma that it is dirty... THIS IS NOT THE CASE!!!! 80% of women have HPV and it can flare up and show on results at any time. My results in December showed HPV for the first time. In the 2 years prior to it, I've had no sexual activity, but had a very very stressful time, which is why it has shown on my result this time around and not on my result 3 years ago. HPV isn't like an STI. You can actually get the virus from your mother during birth if she has it. Don't be stressing that your husband has cheated because this is not likely to be the reason you have HPV.
Nowadays smear tests have 2 tests. The first is for HPV. If you come back negative, you get a smear result of clear. If you come back positive, they will then test for abnormalities. This is because our bodies change all the time, so sometimes abnormalities come up. HPV is what causes most cervical cancers, so this is why this is the initial test.
Hope this helps. If you have any other questions, let me know.