I am a 30 year old fit and active female who missed her last smear test (I can't think why, it must have been sent to the wrong address when I moved despite changing GPs as I always attend check ups). I am not on the pill and have regular periods.
I have had gynae issues on and off for about 8 years with the main symptom being pain during sex and deep penetration. I have a history of very mild spotting (a year or two ago) between periods/after sex but have not had this for around a year. I also recall one episode in the past of my GP doing an internal exam and saying it looked like I had "abrasions" on my cervix. This was over 5 years ago and nothing ever came of it so I assume it cleared up as no one else has commented regarding this. I seem to be suffering at the moment with what I assume to be recurrent BV infections (5 in the last 5 months) which cause unpleasant smelling discharge. I've never suffered with this before though and both me and my boyfriend are STI free. Pain during sex remains a major symtom but my periods, which have always been moderatley painful, are now extremely painful, debilitating and heavy (6-8 days long each month, with a slightly shortened cycle of late). To the point where I will be kept up all night bent dounble and pain killers won't touch it. I also get severe ovulation pain mid cycle for a day or two and over the past year I have can't remember a day when I didn't have some form of pelvic pain and pressure and bloating. I am also having to go to the toilet much more frequently and even a partially full bladder is very uncomfortable for me. From discussing my symptoms with others (I am a physio and work with other medical professionals) I self diagnosed Endometriosis and figured I just needed to put up with it.
I have been to my GP on/off over the years and was referred to a gynae in Jan this year. I was also called in for a smear and told mine was not up to date. I requested the referral as my gynae symptoms were now affecting 3/4 of my month and despite a very healthy lifestyle (I am also a semi-professional athlete) I was no longer able to cope and felt things were not normal. My timeline since has been this:
-Transvaginal ultrasound May 2017 (told my ovaries were in good condition, no cysts, she felt she saw two small fibriods which were very tender to push on - although anywhere she pushed into was very uncomfortable to be honest and said it was likely endometriosis which an ultrasound would not diagnose
- smear test - results back this week show I have low grade dyskaryosis and am positive for HPV
- two days letter referral for colposcopy (which is next Tuesday)
- today, a letter for an appointment for my gynaecologist on Friday (in two days time)
I'm a little nervous about my colposcopy although I am aware it is most likely nothing. But I was wondering if the above story rang any bells with anyone? I figure the most likely thing is that I have endometriosis and my smear findings are separate to this but as I have known something isn't right down there for a while I thought I would write a post after this site was recommded to me.
Thanks in advance for any advice/comments.