(Closed) Anybody had a colposcopy before?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

@strawbabies:  I do colposcopy clinics and LEEP clinics. Did they tell you anything about the procedure and/or your Pap results?

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I have had three over a period of ten years.  Woo.  It’s a more uncomfortable exam because they have to take biopsies of your cervix.  My doctor has me cough during the biopsies so I don’t really feel them.  It was really scary the first time and I remember crying when I got the call from the nurse telling me I had abnormal cells and needed a colposcopy.  Thankfully it wasn’t nearly as frightening as I expected.  I actually have my fourth scheduled for tomorrow morning and I plan to return to work in the afternoon.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve had one colposcopy done. The procedure itself is okay- hurts a little bit, but nothing major. My issue with it is that they put some sort of substance up there to help clot any bleeding and they said there’d be some “cookie crumb” like discharge (lovely, huh?). What they didn’t tell me and what freaked me out is that the stuff they put up there to clot the blood comes out in these huge chunks and it’s gross. It doesn’t hurt and I don’t want to freak you out, but I want you to know because it freaked me out since my doctor didn’t inform me it was going to happen.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had one. It’s painful, and your more then likely going to bleed or spot. Take some pain reliever about a half hour before you go in. It goes by pretty quickly.

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

i had one a few years ago. it freaked me out. the procedure hurt but i’m also not big on pain. it didn’t take long but it was longer than a regular pap. she had to scrape in my cervix and that was the painful/uncomfortable part. once it was over, i didn’t experience any pain or discharge (that i remember anyways). the results came back normal.

oh funny story- i got a letter in the mail saying my pap was abnormal and they needed to do a colposcopy (which i had never heard of). i misread it and thought it said colonoscopy and really freaked out. i was like “why do they need to do that?? that’s kind of a major procedure!” then i reread it and realized what it really said. oops.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

The size of the biopsy depends  on what they are biopsying.  My doctor generally uses a small metal probe that looks like a cocktail straw to take biopsies so they are pretty tiny biopsies.  Again, he doesn’t just jab at my cervix, he has me cough so that my cervix pushes back into the probe and I really don’t feel anything other than some pressure after the procedure is done.  No sex 24 hours before and no baths 24 hours after per my doctor.

AND!!!! You get to smell like a pickle when you leave because your doctor will probably use vinegar to help him see where the abnormal cells are for the biopsy.  There was one occasion where I went in for a biopsy and the doctor didn’t see any reason to biopsy anything.  Crossing my fingers that happens again tomorrow (and for you!)

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I had one a very long time ago. It was painful during, briefly, but I wasn’t told that I could possibly have VERY bad cramps afterward (which I did, and it was so painful that I thought something was really wrong and was frantically calling and leaving messages that went unanswered for a couple of hours.) Once I knew that it was normal and they told me take a lot of ibuprofen (I think it was 800 mg at a time) I was fine. So definitely ask about this possibility and find out about the dosing of painkiller/muscle relaxants so that you’re prepared and won’t be in unnecessary pain. There was some spotting but within two days I was totally fine.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Edited- thought it said “colonoscopy” oops! Haha

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@FutureMrsRR:  That’s okay.  I have to remind myself of the difference between colposcopies, colonoscopies, and cystoscopies regularly.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@strawbabies:  I had one just several weeks ago. I was same as you – always normal paps, no health issues, so it was a big surprise when my GP/OB told me that I would need a follow up. Okay, so I have zero tolerance for pain – like, can barely stand a Brazilian wax, terrified of getting an IUD instead of regular birth control – so I was really, really nervous. My DH went with me to the procedure, and I swear to you, it was not that bad. I popped a couple Ibuprofins half an hour before the procedure, so that probably helped. And it didn’t last as long as I expected – maybe 5-10 minutes. I did have some spotting for the next week, because they inject material up your hoo-hoo that will come out over time (and it should – that’s totally normal). Before the colposcopy all they knew was that I had some abnormal cells, they weren’t sure if it was CIN-2, CIN-3, or CIN-4. I was really, really nervous. 

And also, just want to add that this is more common than I realized – I’ve talked to a lot of friends who have been through the same thing. The chance that it’s cervical cancer, or even CIN-3, are very slim. Hang in there, you will be fine!!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i had several. i am also a nursing assistant and work in surgery dept. i was told to make sure i get a doctor who uses numbing!!!! some male docs dont believe women have as much feeling down there as we actually do!!! no joke!

also some have been done while knocked out due to other OBGYN things need done. it was unconfortable and emotional for me but now i feel like a pro. i was really crampy but not as much as some periods ive gotten. the ladies that did it were making me laugh the second time. and it actally made me more nervious then relaxed cuz i was afraid of laughing too hard. the results were that i had precancerous cells that could turn into cervical cancer. which is a type of HPV. it was pretty stressfull. after two years my pap came back normal!!! YAY!! it just went away. totally normal now. thank the lord

also my doc recommended me getting two a year. well it after one year and two Colp. i found out my insurance didnt cover two. so i had to pay the second one out of pocket. i was a little upset about that. so check with your insurance.

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