Just discovered this forum whilst looking for some advice.
Im 28 and went for my second smear test a few weeks ago. I was really nervous as the first one when I was 25 was actually worse than I thought it was going to be! I'm really funny with things that are weird feelings (I'd rather have 10 injections than have my blood pressure taken!) so the feeling as she was touching my cervix made me feel really queasy and uncomfortable When I arrived for this one I was really nervous and sat there dreading it. After it had got past my appointment time I went to ask the receptionist if they were running late and she told me she'd forgotten to register me! I was then told that they had already had their last collection so after my test I would have to drive my own sample to another doctors surgery. I had the test which I found really painful and quite distressing as she struggled to even get the speculum in as I was so tense. I then sat in the car and cried all the way to deliver my sample (pathetic I know). By the time I had been stuck in traffic and got home I had bled all the way through my pants and leggings. Needless to say I was glad it was over and done with!
Just over a week later I got a phone call from the hospital asking if they could bring my appointment forward.....I hadn't even had my letter to say I had abnormal cells so had no idea what she was talking about! I finally got my letter a few days later and was absolutely dreading my colposcopy (I had high to severe dyskaryosis result) after my smear was so painful. They rang me again to try and move it and then the afternoon before they rang to change my morning appointment to afternoon so had to wait all day dreading it. I got there early and my appointment was still 30 mins late. All the staff were really lovely and could see how nervous I was and tried to put me at ease and distract me. She used the small speculum but it was stI'll really painful to go in and while it was there. I found the whole procedure really painful and felt quite panicky.......which leads me (eventually!) to my first question.....I have the option of going under general anaesthetic for my treatment from what I've said does this sound like best option for me? What are the pros and cons? I know I sound really pathetic and like a wimp but I'm not usually like that, as I said earlier needles etc don't usually bother me. I've been single for about 4 years and not had sex since then so dont think that helps matters!
My second question is what kind of blood/discharge is normal after a colposcopy? I've been bleeding a bit and had some small lumps of blood. What counts as a clot? This morning I had a whitish/silveryish looking thing come out which I can only describe as looking as a piece of skin?! She had to use quite a lot of silver nitrate sticks to stop the bleeding on the day
Anyway, apologies for the massive essay but just had to share somewhere and didn't know where else to ask for advice!