- 6 days ago
- Wedding: April 2017
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.