(Closed) Has anyone else had an abnormal pap smear???

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I didn’t, but one of my BMs did. It scared the CRAP out of both of us, but everything ended up fine. I think abnormal paps happen to like 6% of women. Don’t worry  until you know anything…I know that’s easier said than done, but I’ll be thinking about you! 🙁

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yes, I’ve gone through this about 7 years ago.  I had an abnormal pap and they thought it was b/c of HPV but I didn’t have that.  I ended up having to have a LEEP done to remove the cells.  As long as you catch it soon, you should be ok!  After I had the LEEP done I had to go to the dr twice a year so they could check on it.  I’m totally healed now, and I’m so glad it was caught early.  Good Luck to you!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve not been through your exact experience, but I’ve had lower-grade pre-cancerous changes several times and have been through numerous colposcopies, sometimes with biopsy and sometimes without. Every single one ended up being normal, but that still doesn’t make the waiting period any easier.

The biggest thing to remember right now: Do not panic. It’s very possible that your doctor is just taking the necessary precautions and your test results will be completely normal. And if they’re abnormal, working yourself into a giant stressed out ball of frenzy isn’t going to help you deal with that information. Until you know what you’re up against, try to not sit there and conjure worst case scenarios.

Good luck, and let us know when you get the results. My fingers are crossed that all that will happen will be the need for a repeat pap smear in 3-6 months.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had one, and asked for a second pap to confim before they did anything more invasive.  Turns out the tech who analyzed my first one didn’t really know what he/she was looking at because the second one was totally normal.  I asked the doctor to look at it and she wrote me a letter saying that it was fine.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

Don’t be nervous…abnormal paps are SO normal! I swear, I’ve had one every single time for the past 3 visits I’ve had…it is annoying! Every time, they biopsy them, and each time the results are exactly the same. Mine aren’t serious, so I haven’t had a procedure to have them removed, but it is an option, and apparently not a huge procedure. My doctor also said that a lot of the times those cells will disappear after you are pregnant/give birth…in the process of giving birth, all of the cells in the uterine wall will slough off and you are left with a clean slate! Although, if you aren’t planning on having children anytime soon, I guess that wouldn’t be helpful!

Hope you are doing ok!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had the same EXACT experience as Mimosa. It was precancerous…had the LEEP procedure done, also thought it was probably HPV but tested neg for that…not sure why it happened, but I’m fine now.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Me too…I had an abnormal pap in college.  They retested 3 mos later and it was normal again.  I haven’t been through the biopsy though…I’m sure that’s very scary!  Precancerous cells are not cancer though, remember that!  My sister had precancerous cells in her throat and it all went away…

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

A lot depends on your age.  Under 30 they usually just biopsy or colposcopy and depending on the shape and number of abnormal cells, decide on the course of treatment.  My course was jut to get paps every 3 months. My next three paps came back normal as the younger you are, the more your body changes and those cells go away.  The doctor may have biopsied you 6 times to see if they could get it out that way.  You may need to have a procedure done to remove the cells.  LEEP is a good option but they may do a cone biopsy or I think there is another option.  Make sure your doctor discusses all of the options.  Just know that this is one of those things that is taken care of early as a precaution.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have not been through this, although I imagine its stressful! I hope it comes back all fine- no need for anything more! My friend had this happen and she ended up haveing a LEEP. 2 years later and she is still clean. Good luck!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

If you need anymore advice I am a medical assistant at my parents OBGYN practice.. Id be glad to give you some advice.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m glad you aren’t as freaked out anymore.  I’m sure the doctors are just doing everything to be safe and it’s probably nothing.  I had an abnormal pap and my doctor never told me Frown but it didn’t show up again.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Just another “don’t freak out” comment! This happened to me too. Abnormal pap, normal colposcopy (biopsy), abnormal pap, normal pap, normal pap, normal pap. I’m now cleared to go back to once year visits– yippy!

Also keep in mind, this is WHY we do pap smears. So when there is something wrong they can watch it and take care of it before it becomes an issue.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have… they sent me for a Coloscopy (spelling is wrong). It’s basically a high tech test where the gyno looks in there for spots and then takes more biopsies. It’s not the most enjoyable thing in the world. They make you cramp and then bleed for a few days. But that has replaced my yearly pap. I went for 2 in 1 year and then now down to once a year. I just went last week and he said that SHOULD be my last one so next year I should be back to my regular pap. If you want to know more about the Coloscopy… send me a private message 🙂

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