Abnormal Pap – Have You Ever Had One?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Have you experienced any of the following?
    Abnormal Pap : (117 votes)
    29 %
    Abnormal Pap & HPV+ : (78 votes)
    19 %
    Colposcopy : (86 votes)
    21 %
    Biopsy/Biopsies : (49 votes)
    12 %
    LEEP/Cryo/Cone/Etc. : (36 votes)
    9 %
    Hysterectomy (Partial or Full) : (2 votes)
    0 %
    Cervical Cancer : (4 votes)
    1 %
    Other : (4 votes)
    1 %
    No, but I know someone who has : (30 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    2124 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I had an abnormal pap with hpv. I had only even slept with two people and I always got check ups. Wth! So I had to have two colposcopies a year for two years. I was really worried beacuse they were suggesting surgery. But afyer 3 years it jist went away. They said that was possible so I was so relieved. I hope everything goes well for u. At the time I had also recieved the vaccines for all the other hpv cuz i got scared. Now I hear those same vaccines are causing some young girls to be steril. Ive told all my friends about how important it is to get screened. Later to find out 1 in like 4 friends had it. Some who had to get the surgery.

    the interesting thing about it too is that me and all of the women I met had only one type of hpv.  Which was the one with no symptoms but creates cervical cancer. Hope everything works out for u. 

    Post # 4
    2124 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think its pretty interesting how many ppl voted and only 1 out of 13 commented. Why arnt more women talking about it?

    Post # 5
    3949 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    i had an abnormal pap and had a colposcopy to determine the abnormality.  Nothing was identified.  

    Post # 6
    1613 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    –I voted yes, and then realized that maybe I should have voted no. After my very first pap, I got a call from my doctor’s office and they scheduled me for a follow up two days later (which is ridiculous by my doctor’s standards–normally you’re waiting months). Of course, I’m panicking that I have cancer or something, until I get into the office and he asks me, “so… did you know you have a yeast infection?”

    I was all, you seriously couldn’t tell me this over the phone!?!? But I guess this doesn’t qualify as an abnormal pap, from others’ experiences.

    Post # 7
    3381 posts
    Sugar bee

    @indyJEEP:  I had an abnormal pap once, but then they had me come back and have a second pap and everything was fine. Also, my mother had an abonormal pap and a biobpsy, everything was benign in her case as well.

    Post # 8
    11328 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I had an abnormal pap once and had to get a colposcopy. I think they said I had just mild dysplasia. They never tested me for HPV. I had to go in every 6 mo for 2 years for repeat paps but they all came back normal, and then I could start going once/year. That was like… 7 years ago? Never had anything but normal results since.

    Post # 9
    3030 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    3 abnormal paps over nearly 2 years and a colposcopy with #3.  No HPV (although I had to argue with every GYNO since my 1st, they assumed I must have it and no one bothered to test until I insisted with #3.)  I was told I had LSIL with all 3, but between 2 & 3 things “looked worse.”  I was also told with abnormal #3 if it continued for #4 which would be 2 full years I had something like a 90% chance of Cervical Cancer that would be treated with a simple procedure BUT the scaring and procedures would mean it would be up to a year before we could TTC.  We TTC’d right away and I had my first clean PAP right after we started TTC- now I am due in less than 2 weeks!  I was nervous to wait any longer.

    I think almost everyone I have meet has had an abornormal pap, especially if you get PAPS every year. I started getting them at 17, so at 30 I have had more than 13.

    Post # 10
    4438 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @indyJEEP:  I’ve had an abnormal pap twice- had to go back and get another one done and each subsequent pap was normal. I forget the original issue- something to do with too many cells possibly? 

    Post # 11
    5830 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @indyJEEP:  I’ve had an abnormal smear (PAP) followed by numerous colposcopies and bioppsies, and then more smears; got the all-clear a couple years ago, and am now finally back to going once every 3 years, as is customary in the UK.

    In my case, it was because I had cervical erosion/ectropian, which caused bleeding after sex, which was caused by the pill I was on, and my over-cautious doctor referred me for tests. Cervical cell abnormalities are extremely common in under 25s as your body is still growing and changing, but they very rarely lead to cervical cancer; in cases where they do, they are almost always unpreventable by pap smears as they change very rapily compared with cells in older women. In short, I probably shouldn’t have been referred for further tests, but, I was; thankfully they knew what they were doing and didn’t treat.

    That said, though it wasn’t the most fun experience of my life, it really wasn’t that bad.

    Post # 12
    10508 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @souza_2005:  I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to post about others in this case.

    Post # 16
    2615 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’ve never had an abnormal PAP. I would say quite a few female relatives and friends have, though. Nothing came of it. No one actually had cervical cancer.

    ETA: None of them were “whores” or “dirty.” It never occurred to me that having an abnormal pap was shameful. I don’t see what the big deal is. Clearly, the poll shows so far that it’s a pretty common thing.


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