Post # 1
I just got a call from my gynecologist saying that my pap smear came back abnormal. They want me to come in Monday for a colposcopy. I’m terrified that something is wrong and terrified of getting this test done.
Anyone else ever have an abnormal pap smear that can give me some advice and calm my nerves?
Post # 3
i haven’t but friends have. They were freaking out at first of course and they said it was no big deal afterwards and didn’t hurt a bit. You’ll be fine! It’s likely not a big deal, especially if you are good about getting regular paps and they’ve detected it early you don’t have to worry about cancer or anything. Even if it’s HPV, you’ll probably have a normal pap within a year. No big deal, really.
Post # 4
I had one last year and it turned out to be nothing. I was also scared but sometimes they get a sample from the pap that was inconclusive or should cells that ver ablnormal so they want to be extra careful. I know have a pap done every 6 months to make sure its ok instead of every year like before. Good luck with everything!
Post # 5
Breathe. 🙂 It’s way more common than you think. The more you relax, the easier the colpo will be (I’ve had like 8 in the last 3 years, they’re nothing to me any more). They’re a tad more uncomfortable than a pap, but you’ll get through it. Once you have an abnormal, you’ll probably have to go in for more regular paps, I went in every 6 months and if it was abnormal, I got another colpo. I’m finally at the point of 1 year of normal paps again, wooo!, so I can go back to yearly.
Post # 6
@ama0219: It generally is not a big deal. Worst case scenario, if it’s cervical cancer, they can nip it in the bud pretty fast. My sister’s friend had it and it was actually very easy to treat.
It’s hard not to worry, but it could be any number of things, most of which are not serious!
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@ama0219: I have been having abnormal paps for the last 10 (yes ten) years and I have had four colposcopies including the one I had yesterday. The first one was the scariest because I was convinced I had cancer and was going to die. Then I met with my doctor who told me that only 1% of abnormal tests come back with cancer.
I continue to have abnormal paps and my doctor has me come in every six months instead of the standard 12 months. He says watchful waiting and regular appointments are the appropriate goal for now until it a) clears up on its own which apparently happens often; or 2) it progresses to needing something called a LEEP procedure.
So long as you follow up and take charge of regular visits and colposcopies/biopsies as necessary everything should be fine or at the very least caught early enough that it can be treated.
Post # 8
@ama0219: Yep! Several years ago I had an ASCUS pap and had to go back for repeat paps every 6 months until they became normal. It turned out to be some random strand of HPV (which most people will contract at some point in their lifetime) and it resolved on it’s own with no intervention. Breathe!
Post # 9
This haas happened to me a few times. each time I had an abnormal, I went back in 6 months. I had one colposcopy and while it isn’t the most comfortable thing to go through, it isn’t terrible either. I drove myself home and took some Tylenol. My OB/GYN says abnormal Paps are fairly common and most of them clear on their own. Just to be on the safe side, play e ask about the HPV vaccine. I was almost 26 when I started the series of 3shots and my insurance covered it at no cost to me.
Post # 10
This actually happened to me, I was an angry woman let me tell you. I didn’t go back to that Dr. in fact. I didn’t have a pap for 5 more years. Went back in to a new Dr., new pap, everything was normal. I was a little nervous for those 5 years, and many may think I was a bit irresponsible but everyone handles things differently and my intuition told me – everything was fine. Prior to that I had gone in every single year like clock work. Now I go every 3-5 yrs.
Post # 11
@ama0219: I had one about a year and a half ago. I’ve had 3 colpos and my doctor is awesome! She makes the procedure as comfortable as she can and instead of straight up escalating to a LEEP as my previous doctor wanted to do, we are keeping an eye on everything. I have a repeat pap coming up in about a month and I’m crossing my fingers for a normal, especially since we want to start TTC in about a year. She seemed optimistic that my body was healing itself, which happens quite often.
At first, I was terrified about cancer and my ability to have kids. But my doctor explained everything and now I’m much more at ease with it all. Try to relax and not let your imagination get the best of you.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I had one and a colposcopy about 10 years ago. I was terrified. I ended up being fine. It wasn’t until a few years later when I went to a new doctor did she actually explain it, and the truth wasn’t nearly as scary.
After that first abnormal, I was normal for 8 years, then I had another abnormal. My doctor (the really good one) told me to double up on Folic Acid and take a multi vitamin to see if my body would heal itself. It did!
Finding a good doctor is critical.
Breathe, and it will all be okay.
Post # 13
scary sounding but very very common and for 99% not a big deal…..yes there is a chance but as long as you are smart and follow up you will be ok. do not just not get the colpolcospy….that is a very stupid idea. knowing whats up gives you options….waiting till its too late years later really limits them.
they can be uncomfortable (little.more than a pap) but an advil/tylenol etc will take care of it.
it could be something as small as you still had some period blood in thete and it was too hard to read so try not to get all worse case scenario just yet.
if you need support could fi or your mom come with? (though generally they wouldnt be in the room.during the test)
Post # 14
@ama0219: About 7 years ago now – I was like 10 weeks pregnant & went in for my first check-up/ultrasound. I was due for a pap and they called me a couple days later saying it was abnormal & they wanted to do a colposcopy. I had the strain of HPV that could turn into cervical cancer.
The colposcopy ended up finding pre-cancerous cells. I was a complete mess! The doctor reassured me there was nothing to be worried about at this point. He did a VERY simple procedure in his office, where he literally scraped the cells out of me (painless) & then kept an eye on me throughout my pregnancy. Everything ended up being okay & I had a healthy baby girl 🙂 I had to go back in for a pap every 3 months for about a year until one came back normal. HPV is more common than people realize and your body will actual flush itself of the virus.
My point is, even if the colposcopy comes back with less than desirable results, its still not a time to freak out. I remember being sooo scared & worried and I really wish I would have just listened to my doctor!
Post # 15
Here where I am from in Canada, an abnormal pap is followed up with a repeat pap in 6 months before a culposcopy is performed. Is that an option for you? Most abrnomal pap usually end up normal upon repeat testing.
Post # 16
Thanks Bees, you’re really making me feel at ease even though I’m still very nervous.
My colposcopy is scheduled for Monday at 2. I’m going to have to leave work and then go back after it’s over so hopefully I’ll be able to do that. FI is really worried and will be going with me.