- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
I just want a place to write out everything I’ve been worrying about the past couple weeks.
Let me start by saying that I know I shouldn’t have waited until I was 22 to get my first pap smear. BUT my dad lost his job and insurance when I was 16/17 and his new job didn’t offer insurance. So, we never really got to go to “check ups” or doctor appointments or anything like that.
I was sexually active since high school but only used condoms or the “pull and pray” method (GOD I was a stupid kid!)I finally decided I wanted birth control when I was 20, so I went to planned parenthood because the thought of going to the Health Dept. scared the shit out of me. I always thought that was the place poor people went (stupid, I know). So anyways, Planned Parenthood told me I didn’t need a pap until I was 21. So after taking birth control for a couple months, I decided I hated the pill I was on and stopped taking it-so I never went back in for my pap when I turned 21.
Well fast forward until two weeks ago (I’m 22, I turn 23 in May!) and I’m still breaking out, so I scheduled and appointment at the Health Dept. bc it’s free since I’m in college. However, to get the pills, I had to get a pap smear. I was terrified! After putting it off so long-the thought of it scared the hell out of me. Also, one of the guys I hooked up with back in the day supposedly had given a girl HPV. I never had any symptoms of it so I always thought I was okay, even though it’s always been in the back of my mind.
The actual exam wasn’t bad at all, the nurse was very nice and caring and explained everything to me. She told me they usually get the results back in a couple weeks and that “No news is good news” and if I hadn’t heard back by 3 weeks, I can call if I want and hear the results.
The pap was last Monday, so I wasn’t expecting to hear from them until next week. Well to my surprise, my phone rang and it was them. My heart stopped because she told me no news is good news! So I thought for sure it was them telling me my pap was abnormal. But she told me everything was okay! It felt so good to hear that! She told me the only thing was there was a little yeast on my cervix and asked if I have any symptoms of a yeast infection. I told her I had been going out and drinking a lot when I had the test, so that’s probably it.
Is it normal for yeast to show up on a pap? Does eating a lot of sweets and drinking cause yeast to happen? I’m kind of oblivious to these things. Thanks for letting me vent!! 🙂