Post # 1
My pap smear came back with an irregularity and I’ve been scheduled for a colposcopy tomorrow afternoon. I suffered from vaginismus for a very long time and while I have no problem with intercourse, anything that takes place in a clinical setting produces extreme amounts of anxiety for me. They’re going to give me an injection to deal with the anxiety before the procedure, but for now I’m Freaking. Out.
Has anyone here had one? Can you feel anything? What’s it like?
Thank you Bees!
Post # 3
I’ve had one…i had an abnormal pap last year and had to have one done. The actual process isnt so bad. they basically go up into your cervix and punch out a piece to have tested. it wasnt as painful as i thought, just a little uncomfortable..you can feel the pinch but it really isnt too bad. my concern was the results..thats scared me more than anything. luckily it came back fine.
unfortunately for me, after the biopsy i did have problems with intercourse (TMI i know) after several trips back to the doctor i was diagnosed with Vaginismus. it normally occurs with people who endure sexual trauma. luckily i havent and they concluded it was due to the biopsy..That was over 8 months ago and now im back to normal. but who knew women could have sexual disfunctions…haha my fiance and i laugh about it now but it was the stranges experience of my life.
That wasnt to scare you but im chalk full of info on the biopsy and clearly other issues i was so freaked out i did tons of research. i wouldnt worry, the biopsy is a simple procedure, fast and (almost) painless. you will be just fine! Let me know if i can help!
Post # 4
Oh, I’m well aware of vaginismus, that’s what’s causing my anxiety. I had to deal with it for so long I’m scared to have anything trigger it again. I tend to go years between regular pap smears because the anxiety is just too much. 🙁 How long was the procedure?
Post # 5
The procedure is very quick, similar in length (but a little more painful for me) than a pap. You can take a tylenol beforehand, I recommend doing so. It wasn’t horrible or anything, but it did make me feel very uncomfortable.
Post # 6
the actual biopsy only takes about 10 minutes but i sat in the room forever waiting.. try not to get too worked up about it…rather than thinking about the pain or the area think about the health benefits of doing it, if something is wrong you def want to know. i actually havent been back for pap since the biopsy but im scheduled for november. fortunately i have a great (almost husband) who was willing to really work on the vaginismus part of it. i actively tried to make that better and havent had any problems in a while. i agree with mightywombat on the tylenol part, i would take one prior to going in , though for me, there was no pain after the procedure, just the brief punch of the cervix.
Post # 7
I was nervous for my colposcopy too!
Not going to lie, it makes me cringe when I think about it, but it wasn’t that bad. The most painful part is when they cut the tissue out of you, and it is really just a quick moment of pain. Thinking about it is giving me the same reaction nails on a chalkboard gives most people.
The most helpful advice/warning I got was from my co-worker, who also had one done. She warned me about “peeing out spongebob”… apparently they stick a spongy yellow substance up there (don’t know the reason, something about healing), and it comes out of you later.
I wouldn’t want to do it again, but compared to other things, it wasn’t that bad b/c the whole ordeal and wierd feeling only lasted the day.
Post # 8
Thanks you guys. Even reading these replies is making me all squicky. I’m hoping to desensitize myself to it. 🙁
Post # 9
I had one and it wasn’t painful at all. The only real discomfort that I had was a bit of cramping afterward. Try not to worry too much about it!
Post # 10
It’s really not that bad. Seriously.
Post # 11
I had one awhile ago and got all worked up about it. Turned out I didn’t feel anything (I’d taken four ibepofan beforehand). I guess everyone is different. Either way, it’s quick. I think with the injection to calm your anxiety you’ll be fine.
Post # 12
Lezlers, I’m finishing medical school and have been through lots of hours of OB and GYN. First of all, your age and if this is your first abnormal pap may influence whether or not your even need to have a colposcopy. You should discuss with your doctor if it might be beneficial to repeat your pap smear in 6 months and if it remains atypical, then go ahead with the colpo procedure.
The abnormal pap can be just some atypical cells with out causing harm, or it can be from a virus callled HPV. The colposcopy is the best way to know. For the procedure, the doc will first put some vinegar-like fluid onto your cervix. This causes any abnormal cells to look white. Then she uses a small instrument to pinch off a small amount of the cells that turned white. It may cause some pain and bleeding, so remeber to bring a pad with you. You may experience some cramps afterwards too.
The good news is if it is dysplasia from HPV you found it early, the other good news is that it could be nothing! I hope everything goes ok tomorrow. Post again and let us know! Good luck girl!
Post # 13
I did test positive for HPV, I’m not quite sure what that means with respect to the abnormal pap. I’m 32 and this is my first abnormal pap, of course, I only get them every 5 years or so when my doc forces me to, because of the anxiety. I just had to explain to my FI why I was crying and he’s been AWESOME. Still totally freaking, though.
Post # 14
@lezlers: Iw as in the same postiion a few years ago so totally understand. You’re so lucky to have a FH that understands – my BF at the time did not and left, which worked out well for me 🙂
The actual procedure is simple. There’s very little pain except for the quick snip they make for the biopsy, and it’s a lot like a general pap. If they have to look into your cervix it gets kind of uncomfortable (sorry for the TMI, bees!), but it passes. The worst part was afterwards! I had been warned about “some stuff coming out”, but what I had was so scary I thought I had experienced some whacky miscarriage. I know, sorry for the grossness ladies, but I just want you to be prepared! I looked at a million websites online afterwards and it’s very common.
Easier said than done, but try to remain as calm as possible. I lucked out in that the OB-GYN my physician referred me to was an incredibly sweet, soft-spoken doctor who went out of his (yes, it was a he – which I would normally geek about) way to make me feel super comfortable. Is your regular doc doing the procedure? If not, ask him/her about OB-GYNs in the area that she knows who have good bedside manner.
Good luck!! Breathe 🙂
Post # 16
The bedside manner does make a difference (as the pp mentioned), especially for an anxious person! I know I switched doctors after my procedure. She asked the assistant what she did over the weekend while I was laying there with my legs spread freaking out!! Anyways, the actual procedure was not too bad and I was only uncomfortable sitting for a little while.