I had my first pap after ds was born ... it came bsck abnormal, i had to have another 3 months later and it was clear
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I had one when i was 17.CIN2 the same as previous poster.went to gyno had an operation under general and haven't had any problems since.i still have them every 6 months but thats by choice.
Hope your appointment went okay xx
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An abnormal Pap smear usually just means there are cells which IF LEFT UNTREATED could turn into cancer - this usually takes ten years.
A very helpful website is www.cancerscreening.gov.au - click on the cervical screening link.
Please relax, a big proportion of women will have an abnormal result at one time or another, very, very few get cancer.
I was diagnosed with CIN3 last December but fell pregnant in January (due Monday!). I have been checked by an oncologist/gyno and my ob has checked me at 28 weeks and 32 weeks and it hasn't got any worse. Every specialist I have seen says these things progress very slowly, so as much as it did very much worry when I was first diagnosed, the positive is pap smears are there to pick up changes and seek treatment before it does turn to cancer.
I also have a friend who was diagnosed with cervical cancer but has had this successfully treated over several treatments.
I hope the appointment went ok, I know how scary it is
Oh gosh, I have had this also. So scary as I don't believe there is enough information openly discussed about what happens after the smear.
I went in and got a biopsy, which was found to have CIN2 cells.
3 months later went in for a LLETZ procedure under GA which found both CIN2 and CIN3 cells.
3 months later had another biopsy which found I still had CIN3 cells,
2 months later another op under GA.
Then another biopsy.
I am a bit fuzzy on if I had a 3rd op, or if they cleared me.
But after they cleared me from the biopsy, I had 2 years worth of 6 monthly smears.
The biopsy's are uncomfortable, but there is no sharp pains or anything. Just a little crampy.
There was no pain after the OP under GA either. It was really weird to know I had the op and yet felt nothing after. Just had a 'period' for a while.
And it is true, the cells could turn into cancer, in 10 years or longer!!
So don't fret. All will be ok
I also had abnormal cells detected in a pap smear. Had to retest 6months later as quite often your body will just fight off the virus.
This was not the case for me, I had to have a biopsy where they found cin2 cells. I had to have the lletz procedure last week under ga to have them removed.
It was all very scary and google doesn't help! But really it is all nothing to worry about! In most cases they can be removed and your paps will return to normal
As you can see by so many responses it is very common! I had no idea until I went though it myself!
All the best
Okay, so...,the results detected CIN3 cells. I have an appointment with the gyno next Thursday to organize a biopsy.
Still pretty scared, but feel a little more reassured since reading everyone's replies. Thank you.
It's going to be a very long week.....
Also, just a question that I forgot to ask the dr.
I'm a smoker, and I've read that smokers are 4 times as likely to develop cervical cancer Obviously it is now really important that I quit, but is it urgent for me to quit ASAP, or can I cut down slowly?? Has anyone been advised of what to do regarding smoking after having a high grade abnormality detected??
After 6mths you will need another smear, then smear/hpv test 12mths later and again 12mths after that. If both tests normal each time you return to routine screening every 2yrs.
Just note that lletz and loop can cause cervical stenosis and or cervical incompetence during pregnancy so ask your ob about it.
Lastly - smoking increases the rate in which the cancer cells mutate. So it's advisable you quit asap.
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