(Closed) Abnormal Pap anyone??

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Nothing to worry about at this point.  That’s a totally normal plan of action.  I have never had this but I have had multiple friends have an abnormal pap.  Every time their GYN has had them do another pap 6 months later to check in again.  They have all been fine at the 6 month check so don’t stress out.  It’s good your doctor is being thorough.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I had two abnormal paps about a year and a half ago. If your next pap is abnormal, your doctor may recommend a colposcopy or similar procedure to take a sample of the abnormal cells and biopsy them…colpos aren’t so bad, btw. Don’t freak out–just do what your doctor tells you to and you’ll be fine. It’s scary, but you’ll be okay!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had abnormal pap tests, and I just (in Jan) went for a colposcopy. It wasn’t that bad. Hopefully it’s all fine. Totally freaky though….

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

they’ll repeat your pap every 6 months until it comes back normal. if you haven’t had a colposcopy, you’ll probably have one after your next pap. it’s not a big deal at all.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Miss.Lace: Just take someone with you! I had Darling Husband with me at mine and having him hold my hand really helped. It’s a little uncomfortable and I cramped a bit, but it’s really nothing to be scared of.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Miss.Lace: It’s nothing to be scared of! I didn’t feel it, there’s a bit of cramping but that’s it! Take your Fiance with you. And you are DEFINITELY not alone. This is super common, and most women get it even if they don’t know it (it can come and go without any type of symptoms!)

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Re: lack of insurance–see if your state has some sort of health program that allows women of childbearing age to have preventative care (paps, etc. –I’d think colpos would fall under that category as well) either free of charge or at a lower cost. Check into low-cost or free clinics in your area as well and see what’s out there.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I had an abnormal pap in the summer of 2009, went back in Oct. 2009 for another pap and was still abnormal.  Was sent for a colposcopy in March 2010, results came back that I needed a LEEP.  Had the LEEP done in Aug. of 2010.  Had a pap in Sept. 2010 (at my 6 week check up from my LEEP).  Then went for another colposcopy in Dec. 2010 (you have to go every 3 or 4 months for a couple of year after having a LEEP to make sure everything is okay).  Unfortunately the colposcopy from the Dec. 2010 appointment came back with abnormal cells again (although the Sept. one was fine).  Because my Sept.2010 results were clear my doc gave me the ok to start a family.  I ended up getting pregnant with NO problems in Dec., am now 11 weeks and have had ZERO issues with pregnancy.  Now, because I have these abnormal cells I need to get checked again in April, and possibly have another LEEP after I give birth.  I know it may sound scary, but it’s better that you keep on top of everything because the alternative could be much worse.  Try not to worry (although I know that’s very difficult).  

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I had one in December.  I had to go back in for a colposcopy and the pre-cancerous cells were severe so I had a LEEP the week after the colposcopy, which totally sucked.  The doctor got all the bad stuff off my cervix, though, so now I have to have frequent paps (like every 3 months or so) and that’s about it.

Don’t be afraid of the colposcopy!  It’s not fun or comfortable by any means but it’s not bad at all. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I know how scary this result can be, but it is more common than you might think!

I had abnormal PAPs since 2008.  I also was tested positive for HPV, so they scheduled me for a colpo after the first abnormal PAP, and then every 6 months when I came back for another PAP. The colposcopy is really not that bad! Worrying about the results is the worst part of it.

At the second colpo they also took a biopsy, and every time after that. That pinched a bit, but isn’t anything you can’t handle.

My results started out ASCUS, but last spring had changed to severe. I had a Cone LEEP in May, went back for the next PAP in September. Now I am getting PAPs every 3 months. The first one after the LEEP came back normal, so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

I first was very scared, but once I started talking to people, I found out how many other girls went through this, too.  I know someone who had the LEEP also and some years later gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby boy. Just make sure it’s being monitored regularly and you will be fine.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Miss.Lace: No, the ASCUS result is the best case scenario in an abnormal PAP, so don’t worry! My doctor told me that in most cases, ASCUS clears all by itself after a while. ASCUS results can be caused by all kinds of things, most of them are completely harmless.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve had abnormal pap smears for years. I just end up having two a year and one colposcopy per year, with biopsy. My doctor is super cautious which is probably a good thing. The colpo part isn’t bad, but I must be super sensitive because the biopsy is horrible for me. I always break down in tears and one time I screamed quite loudly.

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