During a routine health check my GP suggested I was also long overdue for a Pap
The whole procedure was pretty painless and I forgot all about it until the following
week when my GP asked me to come in for another appointment. Apparently my Pap smear
results showed abnormal cells at a stage called CIN 3. She arranged for me to see
a gynaecologist a few days after where they examined me further and scheduled me
for a day procedure in hospital to remove the abnormal cells from my cervix. Six
weeks later at my follow up examination with the gynaecologist I had another Pap
smear and the results were all clear. It all happened so fast but I am so grateful
to my GP. Now I make sure I have regular Pap smears.
I was diagnosed with abnormal cells in 1992, approximately 18 months after the
birth of my first child.
I underwent a colposcopy and was advised to have annual
Pap smears. In 1995 (after the birth of my second child) I was again diagnosed with
CIN 2 which resulted in an extensive cone biopsy. A week later this led to a massive
haemorrhage and I was hospitalised for several days and then unable to work for
2 weeks! I was advised that if it happened again a hysterectomy would be necessary.
But the good news is that it was all worth it. I went on to complete my family with
baby number 3 and ten Pap smears later, every single one has been 100% normal. Yeah!
Last year I had my first ever Pap smear, I was really dreading it but my GP was
great and explained all about it.
It didn't hurt but I did find it uncomfortable
and more embarrassing than anything else. Embarrassing that I didn't even know exactly
what a Pap smear was really! I certainly didn't realise it was a cancer test.
After my second ever Pap smear I got a letter to say that the results were abnormal.
I freaked out as I hadn't even considered that the results would be anything but
normal. After all I have regular periods and have never had any gynae problems before.
I had to see the GP again and then he sent me to see a gynaecologist for a colposcopy.
There's nothing like having someone look down there with a high microscope. It was
all ok in the end, but I did have a few weeks panicking.
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