Post # 1
So this is part cautionary tale, part vent/seeking support from Bees who have been through this.
Last January I had a routine Pap smear and it came back with “possible low grade abnormality”. My GP was reassuring, said this happens a lot and most of the time it’s nothing to worry about, and told me to come in for a follow up this year.
I had the second Pap smear this year and it came back with high grade abnormalities. I went to a gynaecologist for a colposcopy and thin prep Pap smear which confirmed the presence of precancerous cells. I’m booked in for surgery next month to have a LLETZ to remove the cervical cells, plus a hysteroscopy D&C because he is concerned there may also be abnormal cells in the uterus and inside of the cervix.
Bees, I’m a little freaked out. I know it’s likely that they have caught this early enough to prevent cancer, and that my fertility probably won’t be affected, but FI and I plan to TTC this year. Any gynaecological issues are a bit of a worry right now. I’m also a little worried about the recovery period from the surgery, because I can’t take more than a day off work.
Any Bees who have had this procedure, your thoughts and advice would be appreciated! And for those who haven’t – keep up with your regular Pap smears. This was caused by HPV which I’ve managed to contract despite being vaccinated – I have one of the types the vaccine doesn’t cover. If I hadn’t had my regular Pap smears once every two years I’d be looking at cervical cancer before age 30.
Post # 2
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misskate18 : My SIL has had a presence of pre-cancerous cells twice now.
Hers have been an in and out procedure, although we are in the UK so it may be different.
She’s been totally fine the next day and has no issues conceiving as she’s currently pregnant with her third child at the age of 37 🙂
Post # 3
I had the same procedure and part of my cervix was removed. The procedure was pretty simple and not painful. Recover was easy and I have since had to pregnancies with no issues.
Post # 4
I’m 39 now and pregnant with my first. I too had your results and my experience went exactly like
stephisaur : describes.
It was was quite interesting actually as I got to see my cervix on the camera (they asked me if I wanted to see)
it wasn’t terribly uncomfortable or anything. It’s just a bit embarrassing having your foof in the air with your legs in stirrups but the procedure was fine and a little bit of bleeding afterwards but no down time needed.
Good luck with yours. Remember this is what smear tests are for, to catch things like this BEFORE there is a problem. So you’re on a winner already as you’re ahead of the game.
Post # 5
I had a fybroid which they classified as benign but which had the potential to shift. So out it went. It was not a difficult surgery. The whole procedure took an hour or so. Was a breeze. Went on to have several pregnancies.
Post # 6
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misskate18 : 2 years ago I had a Pap smear come back and had a diagnoses of CIN3 & a LEEP surgery was done a couple weeks later. My surgery was fairly quick & very painless. Hope you have a fast recovery!
Post # 7
I had a pamp smear June 2016 and diagnosed with CIN3. I had LLetz surgery (under GA in hospital in Aug 2016) and everything went well. I just had my 6 months post surgery results come back: negative 🙂
Regarding TTC: my surgeon and gyno both said not to fall pregant within 12 months of surgery due to high risk of miscarriage or preemies. Lucky my CIN3 was discovered in time since we want to TTC later this year (approx 14 months after surgery). That is .. If my pap smear comes back OK in August. You do need to get tested every 6 months post surgery for 1 1/2 – 2 years
Post # 8
oneworld : I hadn’t heard that about TTC, that does push our plans back a bit. We planned to start TTC November this year. Glad to hear your 6 month result was negative!
Post # 9
stephisaur : notlookingtogetmarried : UK-bee : sparklebeeesq : doxiemom2 : Thank you for sharing your experiences! I do feel a bit better now. Just want to get it over and done with.
Post # 10
Just saw you are in Australia too 🙂
Best to speak to your gyno about TTC. Woman still fall pregant after surgery .. You just need to be aware of the risk
Good luck with everything
Post # 11
I’ve had two Pap smears come back with precancerous cells. I can’t remember the exact procedure bc it was 12-13 years ago but I do remember it hurt during the procedure but after I was able to go on with normal activities. I had to abstain from sex for 2-3 weeks. There was absolutely no mention of it affecting my chances of getting pregnant.
Hope all goes well & you have an easy revovery!
Post # 12
I had leep done on precancerous cells in office and it was painful during but easy (as it can be when in that position).
I also separately had a hysterscopy d and c and removal of cysts, fibroids under general, and that recovery was longer than one day, but I had a reaction to the anesthesia. Overall they are both easy procedures, but when you say you only have a day off, I hope you mean the day after surgery if you are going under general.
I felt amazing after the hysterscopy, because my painful periods were gone! Hope all goes well for you bee.
Post # 13
BalletParker : I have the surgery on a Friday so I have the weekend to recover. Yep, I’m going under general. I’ve had general before for wisdom teeth removal and I remember feeling pretty crap for a day or so.
mandakay0021 : I also got told no sex for 2-3 weeks (that’s why the procedure has been delayed…I’m getting married in a week and a half!), no baths for 2-3 weeks and no tampons. That one is really stressing me out, because I have OCD and have a lot of anxiety around periods, messiness and that sticky feeling you get when you’re wearing a pad.
Post # 14
I had the procedure done last January. I have two OBGYN’s and both are confident that it will not impact my fertility or future pregnancies. My mom, a nurse practioner, agrees. Nobody’s really been worried about it for me, honestly!
In regards to the surgery, I’m not gonna lie–it sucked. I was embarrased at the hospital, crying because I was scared (I have pretty bad anxiety), and I just hate hospitals and medical procedures in general. But it was over pretty quickly and the drugs worked wonders. I had anesthesia so I don’t remember much. Once I got home, I laid down on my couch all night with my husband and relaxed for the rest of the weekend. I didn’t need to take more than a couple pain pills total. I scheduled my surgery on a Friday and it was the perfect time, so you should be good to go! But if I needed to go to work the next day, I’m sure I could have. I couldn’t have sex for a few weeks and I didn’t use tampons on my period.
The surgery worked well and the pre-cancerous cells were removed. But I recently found out I need another colposcopy to examine my tissue again. Fingers crossed everything’s ok. My OBGYN’s are not worried but, naturally, I’m a bit worried.
Good luck!! I know it’s hard to keep perspective, but just remind yourself how lucky you are to live in a world of modern medicine.