Hey guys! First of all thanks in advance for any responses !
As you can see (hopefully lol) from my signature I had my first smear test back in Jan '14 at 32yrs !! I realise now how daft I was to leave it so long but there was always a reson or excuse. I had our first DD at the age of 17y and was booked in for my smear at the 6 wk check up but they wouldn't do it until I was 25ys even though it was pretty obvious I was sexually active ! Fast forward 7 yrs and I found out I was expecting DD2 when my appt came through and due to complications I and GP wouldn't risk it, again at my 6 wk check up I was bleeding so it didn't happen then within 4 months I was expectating DS, again complications & period at 6wk check. I then during the next 2 years, I did book 3 appts that then had to be cancelled due to my period arriving ( I've always been irregular) . Then DD3 came along, by the time she'd arrived life was crazy and I kept putting the 'dreaded' smear to the back of my mind - Despite repeated letters etc. By then I just couldn't bring myself to make the appt because I was so worried that it would be bad news so therefore ignored it (?!?!)
Finally I plucked up the courage and it wasn't so bad, I wasn't even overly worried about the results either ironically. Within 5/10 days I had my results - CIN3 / severe dyskaryosis. My DH and I took it all in our stride and didn't particularly worry about the colposcopy or treatment, we just got on with it and 'gave' it to God. Fortunately (or not) a good friend of mine had gone through the exact same diagonsis 6 years before, she told me everything I needed to know and completely put our minds to rest. The day of the appt arrived, it was all good tbh. I didn't experience any pain or even discomfort really ( I did take Co-Codamol beforehand I admit), the Nurses & team were fab.
I'm a bit gruesome and was hoping to see the treatment through computers but alas they didn't have the equipment. I did get to see the area they removed (approx 5/6mm with 4/5mm in depth.
The worst thing I found was the awful smell of burning flesh LOL ! I must admit for anyone waiting on this appt - you will leave your dignity at the door but having had 4 children I think mines long gone haha ! I always think 'I bet they've seen worse than mine' anyway in situations like that.
I recieved a letter stating that they believed everything had been removed and they would see me again in Aug. Fast forward to last Mon 11/8/14 and I thought I was going for a routine appt and nothing to worry about........ This time the lady gynae had no social skills (not sure if there was a language barrier) but I couldn't get a straight answer out of her about anything - not what was going to happen before it did, what she had seen or even doing ?! I was on my own and suddenly turned into a young girl and never asked many questions let alone the right ones and I came away distraught.
I'll explain what I do know and I'm hoping one of you might be able to explain a little more. I know that I had just a routine smear test and then there was 2 different liquids / dye placed on my cervix and I was tested for HPV. She did mention a biopsy but I'm not convinced that happened tbh. I was then left to change n leave by myself with a 'you'll receive all the results in 4-6wks' .
Anyway my questions are..... Surely if the liquid /dye was used any abnormal cells would have stood out and I would have received treatment ? There & then like in Feb? Is it likely I had a biopsy if I didn't ' feel ' like I had one? And should I be a little concerned at all? I was sterlised with our last DD and my periods are really heavy and I do bleed irregularly. On friday I had an internal scan to look for anything within my womb and I got the all clear, thankfully ! But would that sonographer have been able to see anything if there is anything? If I do test positive for HPV what is the usual plan of action?
I know I've waffled and I'm really grateful for anyone who takes the time to help !