(Closed) abnormal cervical cells

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

A PAP can’t show cancer, it can only show “abnormal” cells and cell changes.  I had this happen with my pap last summer.  I was told the Pap can’t tell how bad it is, or if it’s already cancerous, but that a cervial biopsy has to be done and then they can estimate the level or grade of the cells/changes.  I had it done, it wasn’t a big deal, and mine came back as very minor abnormal cell changes.  They had me follow up with another pap in 6 months to see if the cells continued to change, or if they went away (sometimes your immune system just fights them off).  I had my follow up pap in Jan and all was clear, the pap was normal, so mine went away.  Worst case scenario, if they determine that her cell changes are a higher level of abnormal, they will remove them with one of several options for procedures.  This does not affect fertility or health in any way.  Also, my OB said cervical cancer is the slowest growing cancer, so that’s why they elect to “wait and see” with a follow up pap if the cell changes are graded as minorly abnormal.  She told me that if I got pregnant before my Jan pap (we were ttc), that it wouldn’t be a big deal, and that once I delivered, they would do the pap then. 

It is scary though!  And btw, “abnormal cells” is a nice way of saying “Pre-cancerous.”  It’s probably not cancer at this stage, but it could be later down the road if the cells continue to change.  So they’re either “normal” or “pre-cancerous” and anytime the cancer word is involved, it’s very scary.  Good luck to your MOH! I’m sure she’ll have a biopsy and will be fine:)

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’ve had abnormal PAPs in the past and yes it is scary because the “what if ” factor is there.   However from a lot of research and as Jholler25 said, it is fairly common and if it is cervical cancer it is slow growing.  I actually had to have a biopsy and go a step further and have a LEAP procedure with cone biopsy (this is where they take a small part of your cervix).  Very scary but I was good for my next checkup….I am fairly nervous now as I unfortunately have missed my annual due to lack of insurance but am holding out hope that I will still be clear.

 

ETA:  Just be there for her because the words alone are scary.  I’m sure she will appreciate any support you can offer her.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

From what I understand this is VERY common.  I don’t tell a lot of people this but I had this exact thing happen to me when I turned 20 and everything turned out fine (i’m now 27).  I got a more extensive biopsy and everything came back normal.  I will agree it is very scary the thought that you may be facing a very serious illness at a young age was very upsetting but again this can be VERY common and usually it isn’t anything.  I’ve even heard sometimes if you don’t get a good sample from the PAP it can come back abnormal (which is what I think happened in my case).

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MamaMegs721:  I have gone through the same thing.  From freezing my cervix to the LEEP procedure…

OP having an abnormal pap is pretty common as long as your MOH goes in for a 2nd opinion she should be okay..

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My first pap at 16 came back abnormal, as did my pap the next year. I had to have a whole bunch of tests done. Very painful tests, like they cut off a piece of my cervix off. While I was awake Oh and they stuck a camera up there so I got to see my cervix on TV. That part was kinda cool. Turns out the results were just abnormal and there wasn’t really anything wrong with me. I still had to go for annual paps until I had 10 years of normal paps. And of course they were all normal until my last (10 year) pap, which was abnormal and now I have to go for another one this year and if it’s abnormal then I have to go through all those tests again Cry

Chances are there is nothing actually wrong with your MOH. I don’t know how old she is but chances are nothing is wrong. She may have to have some more tests (there were less painful ones before they cut me up). Just be there for her and let her know you support her no matter what.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I had abnormal cell in a PAP at 16(young i know) and i had a cervical biopsy….I had moderate abnormal cells from HPV (that i got from a jackass ex that didnt ever tell me even though he knew). I got a pap test every 3 months after that and was clear

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@futuremrste:  Same thing happened to me but there was a reason for it

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I also had an abnormal pap. I had to have a biopsy, which hurt. I was all worried, but I was fine. The next pap was normal a year later.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Something important to note, so some Bees don’t feel offended or scared to share their experiences…is that HPV has many many strains a lot of which are carried by women already, is fairly common among women in their 20’s, and most importantly does not come around because you are “dirty” or anything.  I just wanted to say this because when I was initially diagnosed with HPV I had a complex about it although my sexual history was very limited, it still held a negative connotation for me and took me a while to get over it.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MamaMegs721:  Yes, this! my doctor called it the “common cold” of std’s because so many people have it and its very easy to spread. doesn’t mean you are a bad person or anything of the sort.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

My best friend has abnormal cervical cells show up from her paps all the time. They keep her on watch and make her go to the OBGYN 3 times a year to check. Every time there are abnormal cells but no cancer.

As long as she gets frequent check ups, if it does turn into cancer, they can catch it early and hopefully get rid of it before it spreads and or does severe damage.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I want to second exactly what mamamegs721 said. Three of my girlfriends found out they had HPV after abnormal cells were found on their Pap as well. One of which was a virgin until her wedding night; she slept with ONE man her entire life and still got HPV! She was devastated initially, but eventually realized how ridiculously common it was. I believe they say 1 in 3 have it. It’s just tricky with guys carrying the virus without visible warts, they have no clue they are spreading the virus. Anyways, many gynos predict that there may even come a time when having HPV is actually the norm. So just in case this is the case for your MOH, there is no reason to feel dirty or promiscuous. If it is the non-cancerous strain (will be praying that this is the case), just coming to terms that she  has the virus and treating any present warts will be the biggest obstacle.

 

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