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I have recieved a letter today detailing the results of my recent smear test. I am 29 and the results show that there "were changes to some of the cells of your cervix called severe dyskaryosis". I have to ring the hospital tomorrow to make an appointment for a colposcopy examination. The posts in this forum are very reasurring and I know now that with constant checkups etc. my health will be fine.
However, I am really worried that some cancerous cells may be present already. Is this possible as this is my first smear test or would the letter inform me if there was?
I don't get regular access to the internet, but when I do - I try and give advice if and when possible.
I have had some experience in this area, although I can not advise re CIN3. But I will share my experience with you.
In 2008, I receieved an abnormal smear result and I was advised that I had mild dyskaryosis. I then returned every 6 months for repeat smears until the results returned to normal. After returning to normal last July 2009, I then had a reoccurance of previous symptoms (bleeding after intercourse/betweem periods) and after speaking to my GP, I was referred for a Colposcopy. I had this done in November 2009.
This had shown that I have 'Cervicitis' which is inflamation of the cervix. They did noy detect anything else.
I was still unhappy as the symptoms persisted and a month later, i returned to my GP and I requested to be referred to a gyneacologist. I attended my appointment last month.They did an Ultrasound on my womb to ensure that the bleeding is not coming from there -this can back ok. And after a general examination - they advised that I still have Cervicitis (although it is mild) and they discovered a cut in the area which may be causing the symptoms. They are keeping a check to see if the cut heals.
I think sometimes when we experience various symptoms, we immediately start to worry. Its only natural. As long as we keep a check on things and seek medical advice, etc - we are doing our bit!
I will be returning to my GP to have a smear test in July 2010. This will be a year since my last smear test. I hope this comes back ok!
In terms of your CIN3, your doing all the right things - having had your smear test and now being referred for a Colposcopy. From my understanding, CIN1,CIN2 and CIN3 are the changes that may lead to cancer in the future - if they are left unchecked.
So, you are doing the right thing.
I know its hard and I understand your concern, but try not too worry.
Have you been given a date for your Colposcopy?
Keep me posted.
I hope my advice has been of some help.
Hi, A couple of years ago I had a similar experience and had a cone biopsy of my cervix. This was uncomfortable but it didn't hurt and they injected my cervix with adrenalin to stop it from bleeding excessively, ( this makes your heart race a bit too). I was terribly weepy for a few days afterwards but was told this was quite normal! I had a follow up appointment a few months later at colposcopy and two 6 month checks after that. I'm now on annual smears for the next 10 years. It's always a tense time but so far, so good.
I imagine you will have very similar treatment to me, they remove more cervix that shows abnormal cells so if there are any cancerous cells there already they'll be removed with the cone biopsy. Try not to worry. This is why we have smears, to catch any early changes and to get immediate and appropriate treatment. Big hugs x x