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I am new on here. I've just had a smear test. When I lifted up I noticed blood on the instrument and also on the swab. I asked doctor if this was normal and she said no. She is almost certain the results will come back abnormal and then started talking to me about colposcopy and biopsy...
I would very much appreciate any feedback regarding this sort of procedure please? I'm a bit worried to say the least.
Welcome to Cancer Chat, I hope you receive the help and support that you need from this forum.
I understand that you are worried but take one thing at a time, the blood on the instrument and swab may and I stress may have been a slight injury from the instrument while doing the examination - this area is very sensitive and a slight trauma could cause the bleeding.
You need to wait for the results of the smear test then move on to the next stage of investigation, diagnosis and treatment. It is worth remembering that abnormal cells sometimes appear on a smear test and are not always cancerous. It seems that things are moving fairly quickly so your concerns should soon be settled. Best wishes, Rodis.
Please try not to worry too much IF those procedures are necessary. I think the nurse taking the sample has gone a bit too far with you. I have had bleeding off and on throughout my smear tests over the years and they came out normal every time. I put it down to me being a sensitive little soul or a rough nurse !.
My last smear in Feb 07 was abnormal (and I didn't bleed at all) and I went for the investigations you have mentioned. The whole colposcopy and biopsy procedure was painless. You are given a local anaestitic and then I think they paint on some sort of dye so they can see the abnormal cells (you can watch your cervix on the monitor if you want) they then take small cones out of the affected areas and they are sent off for analysis. What happens next depends on what they find - most women find they can be left for 6 months then re-smeared as a lot of admormalities settle themselves.
All of this is IF you have an admormal smear and that is not necessarily going to happen to you.
I know it is easier said than done but please put this to the back of your mind until you get the results - they may need to do a re-test if they could not read it because of the blood and that would mean a long time worrying.
Wishing you well
Tigger xx if you have any more questions I will do my best to help
If it is any consolation I had blood on my recent smear test. It came back as completely normal. The nurse said she may have to do another one but it wasn't necessary as all was OK and I think your nurse was being completely negative.
After my last smear test, my doctor requested i should have a colposcopy and possibly biopsy. The colonoscopy didn't really hurt at all, but i did need the biopsy, and that hurt, although only for an instant...but i did not get any kind of anesthesia for the proceedure. I was very worried while I waited for my results, but since I had to wait 3 months, I kind of forgot for some time, because life doens't stop (and thats exactlly how it should be)... I was diagnoses with CIN 1, nothing too serious...but even now I still worry, I guess it's unevitable . The point is, I consider myself lucky because I was diagnosed in time - the sooner we know something's wrong, the better our chances . "Cervical screening is very important because we can stop cervical cancer from developing in the first place. This is one of the few cancers that is preventable because pre-cancerous cell changes can be picked up before they have a chance to develop into a full blown cancer".
I hope I helped out,