I’m 26 and I had my first smear test on 14th January, 1 Week after my test I received a letter to say I had High Grade Dyskaryosis.
I immediately started to worry as I didn’t know much about what it meant. I found this website and looked through other peoples experiences and I found it very reassuring, mainly because I realised it was quite common.
I was referred to the hospital for an examination and a punch biopsy on 29th January. Although this was uncomfortable, there was very little pain. I found that the main part that hurt was the speculum! The doctor couldn't see any CIN at all but did the punch biopsy anyway to make sure.
I was told that at the end of every month the doctor and the people in the lab who test the smear, have a meeting to discuss all the results. At this meeting they would decide if my smear results should have been High Grade Dyskaryosis or not.
A few weeks later after worrying and overthinking everything, my results came back and the punch biopsy came back as clear. I was very relieved and after a few days all the worry disappeared and I was back to my normal self.
However last week I received a letter to say I would need to go back for a Loop Biopsy under a local anaesthetic and all the worry came back! I did the stupid thing and googled “Loop Biopsy” this was a mistake.
Yesterday was the dreaded day! The doctor informed be that at the monthly meeting, the people in the lab were sure that I had High Grade Dyskaryosis, so they would go ahead with a small loop biopsy to check for any CIN further in my cervix.
In all honesty I had nothing to worry about at all. I found it to be very painless, apart from the dreaded speculum! I could hardy feel the injection and it was over before I knew it. I was a little shakey afterwards more because I think I was very tense and worried beforehand, I went home to rest and had a little bit of stomach ache but paracetamol took it straight away.
I’m now back playing the waiting game for 4 weeks but I have decided not to let it worry me. There’s nothing I can do in the meantime so why work myself up over something that could be fine.
I hope this helps anyone worrying about biopsies, don’t believe all the horror stories.