Post # 1
So I just had my annual exam a few weeks ago and the office called to tell me I had abnormal cells and I have to be seen this week for a colposocopy (sp?) and maybe a biopsy. I’m actually not anxious about the test or the results but my hubby and mom are freaking out. I googled it and I just don’t feel I have much to worry about. Any bees had this done?
Post # 3
I’ve had its done. its no big deal. It isn’t pleasant but it doesn’t hurt. Also, I never had to have any treatment and my PAPs went back to normal and have been now for 3 years. I think thats pretty often the case. 🙂
Post # 4
I’ve had it done. The biopsy kind of pinched/hurt/cramped a litte, and I was sore the next day. However, it wasn’t a tramatizing experience. Everything turned out okay.
Post # 5
Even if the results come back with something negative it is relatively easy to treat. They’ll just freeze the cells right off. The biggest downside is you can’t have sex for a while. My results were back to normal as soon as the procedure was done and I’ve had normal results ever since.
As for pain, I usually have a high pain tolerance, but the “slight discomfort”/”cramping” of both the biopsy and the treatment was very painful. I almost hyperventilated with the cryotherapy.
Take some motrin beforehand and you’ll be fine.
Post # 6
I’ve gone through it. A bit of a pinch and pressure, but no big deal. I think a lot of women get an abnormal pap at some point in their lives.
Post # 7
Yep, had it done a few years ago…actually, on the first Valentine’s Day Darling Husband and I were together. He came to the office with me (and sat in the waiting room).
Some pinching, some pressure, but it was over superquick. I cramped a little later that night, but my gyno told me that might happen. Doc called me back a week or so later to tell me that everything was fine, and I’ve had perfect paps since.
Post # 8
I had an abnormal pap and had this done two weeks ago. The biopsy hurt more. I was sore for several days, but I think it is different with each person. I was nervous for the results, but it turned out everything was normal.
Post # 9
I had this done last summer. I was also nervous for the results, but again, everything came out okay. I just have to continue to have pap’s every six months for the next 2 years (4 exams) and as long as all 4 come back normal, I will be in the clear.
My doctor gave me a huge horse pill before he did it; I believe it was just a super strength tylenol to cover any pains the procedure could cause. It was a small pinch and was over in a second.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 10
i had an abnormal pap once, but then they just did a 2nd pap soon after and it was fine so they didn’t need to do anything else….
Post # 11
I had it done many years ago. TAKE DRUGS. I found it to be very painful (though i have an abnormally shaped uterus, so that could be why).
Everything wwas fine with mine, and I never had another abnormal one. We are talking 10-15 years now.
I have a lot of friends who have also had it done with no issues. I also had to have a pap every 6 months for a couple of years.
Post # 12
I’ve had it done in two different instances (oh, to have had the HPV shot when I was a teenager…). The first time they watched the cells via colposcopy for about a year. I ended up having to have a D & C and conization (which they don’t really do unless it’s full-blown cancer anymore, though at the time I was at the highest pre-cancer level). After the surgery I had normal paps until this most recent time, when they did a colpo and biopsy. The biopsy was painful, because the doc said he really wanted to make sure he got the deeper cells. Definitely take pain meds before the biopsy. Also, the colposcopy itself is nothing – it’s just a microscope, so no pain there.