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Hi I am new here and this is my first post. I had a smear on the 8Th Feb and was told the results would be with me in 4-6 weeks. However I got them back on Wednesday last week and they have said I have severe dyskaryosis. I have to go to hospital for a colposcopy I am trying not to worry but the "severe" bit has got me thinking all kinds of terrible things.
My Mum had cervical cancer when she was in her early thirties does this put me at a higher risk of having it too? If anyone has been through the same or anything similar would love to hear from you.
First of all cervical cancer is not inherited so you are not at any greater risk than anyone else.
The severe thing got me as well - the room started to spin and I had to sit down when I read the letter.
You have severe changes to the cells but it is not cancer, at the colposcopy they will apply a dye and take punch biopies to see how deep the abnormal cells go and you will then be graded CIN 1-3.
The treatment for pre-cancerous changes is straightforward and is usually LLETZ or cone biopsy - both are usually done under local.
You will be suprised how many women you know have had the initial treatment and have not needed any further treatment - you are monitored for the next 10 years just in case- when I started to talk to friends about it a lot of them had already had treatment in the past and were fine.
Good luck and let me know if I can give you any more help about the colposcopy etc xx
Hi and thanks for your reply. I just found out a couple of hours ago that my appointment is 4th March. Trying not to think about it too much and my appointment is on the morning so on the day I will not be sitting around wondering what is to come. Is it a good idea to take someone with me? What about afterwards is there any bleeding and discomfort? If so how long does that last? xx
I didn't take anyone with me but that is just me - I didn't drive home myself I got a lift home.
They inject the cervix with something similar to the stuff dentists use before they take the punch biopsies so I didn't feel a thing. I would suggest you take ibruprofen or paracetamol before you go in and take the other one as soon as you come out - that way you shouldn't feel much at all. I had no bleeding at all although they do warn you there could be some bleeding and to wear a pad afterwards.
You can watch them on a monitor if you want (I chose not to but my friend watched hers ans said it was facinating!)
Everyone reacts differently to the treatment but you should be given a direct line number to someone who can help you if you encounter any problems afterwards.
Good luck with your treatment.
Thanks that helps a lot I have been worried about the pain thing as I am the biggest wimp ever. Think my partner is wanting to come along just for moral support and to drive me home afterwards. Did you need any further treatment after your colposcopy? xx
hi, i had a smear 4 years ago after having my 2nd child which came back abnormal and had to have a colposcopy, i stupidly then only went for 1 follow up check and now 4 years on i have had another smear which has come back that i have severe dyskaryosis, i am now worried that it could be serious because i had abnormal results four years ago and still have them now, i know i should of gone to my regular follow ups but was a bit ignorant at the time, i have my colposcopy next week and am very scared of the the results i may get