Post # 1
My OBGYN called to tell me that my test came back abnormal. I am so nervous…I have no idea what it could be. I have to go into the office on Thursday and have further tests run. If things are ok under the microscope, then I won’t have to have my cervix clipped (I really don’t want that). I have dysmenorrhea (very severe cramping and nausea during my monthly..hopefully my BC pills will stop that), but have never had a test come back abnormal!
Post # 3
I don’t think it’s uncommon to have an abnormal pap. I had one too. They can be caused by having sex before the test or recently stopping your period. I think they are just trying to be careful in getting it tested again.
Post # 4
It could be a number of really minor things, so try not to stress yourself out. I hope that’s the case, keep us posted!
Post # 5
Thanks, ladies, for the support. I hope that it’s nothing at all.
Post # 6
Yes, try not to stress yourself out at least until you know what the results really mean. It could be something minor. I know it is hard because I drive myself batty before I even get a pap done, hoping they find nothing.
Post # 7
I had that happen a few years ago, I thought about all the things it could be. But when I went back- it was literally nothing at all.
Post # 8
Like other bees have said, it could be so many different things, 99% of which are nothing to worry about. I know it’s hard to stay calm, but try not to worry too much. They’ll do HPV screening and ask you to do a repeat pap in 6 mos or so, and I’m sure you’ll be fine. False positives happen SOOO often. I know it’s scary and unsettling, but hang in there 🙂
Post # 9
I can speak from experience too. I tested abnormal about 3 times, I even had to get my cervix clipped (a tiny bit) for further testing & everything was fine. This year I FINALLY tested normal AGAIN! I will still do a yearly exam for a couple years just to be safe.
Try not to freak out and stay away from google, I know I did and I know I probably made myself sick!
Post # 10
Thanks ladies! You are raelyl such a great help with my nerves 🙂
Post # 11
Deep breaths! I know how scary it can be bc that happened to me too, and the first thing I thought was OMG CERVICAL CANCER. And then I went and saw the doc and she made me feel soooooo much better. There is a a wide range between normal and cancer. THIS is why we do screenings every year. 70% (ish) of abnormal cells will return to normal within 18 mo or something (i think she said… this was a few years ago). The other 30% will either stay abnormal but nothing to worry about, or will progress to more abnormal… but it would take a loong time for abnormal to become cancer and that is why they monitor you. If the cells start moving in the wrong direction, they take them out and you’re fine. I had 2 abnormal pap, and now i’ve had 3 normal ones. It happens to SO many girls and as long as you keep up screenings it really isn’t anything to worry about. 🙂
Post # 12
I have them all the time! My OBGYN told me its not uncommon to have abnormal paps. And once you have one abnormal one they usually all end up like that. I wouldn’t worry about it..I am sure you will be fine:)
Post # 13
Yeah, definitely don’t worry about it too much. I had 2 or 3 abnormals in a row, which they attributed being most likely caused by HPV, and so went through a colposcopy and biopsy. I had a minor breakdown (“I’m not that kind of girl”, “I haven’t slept around”, “how the eff did I get that?!”, felt really dirty, etc, etc.) and then realized it’s a lot more common than people talk about, unfortunately. I thought it was a life sentence but it’s not. I had a normal pap and a negative test (well worth the extra $40 for the peace of mind!) this last time.
And even my story is a little less common. Most likely it was some little blip that caused it to come up as abnormal even though nothing is wrong.
Post # 14
Yeah, all kinds of thoughts have been going through my head, bu tyou ladies are easing my mind a little. Thanks!
Post # 15
I’m in the same boat as @caitlanc. I’ve had both colposcopies and biopsies due to HPV. Don’t worry! It doesn’t mean something’s wrong or wrong with you!
I always fear that’s I’m not going to have and cervix left by the time they are finished down there!!!! But I’ve been assured that it’s just a tiny little pluck and everything is fine and whole!!!
Post # 16
I second CorgiTales. As someone who has been through this and had things turn out on the badder side of things, even then – yeah it SUCKS, but it’s not the end of the world. The bad thing would be not getting screened/taking care of things early. Just keep following up. Like other bees have said, an abnormal pap does not necessarily mean anything is actually wrong.