Hi everybody. I’ve been lurking since I got my smear result (mild abnormalities with high risk HPV) two weeks ago. I had colcoscopy yesterday. I was very lucky - I called to ask for cancellations as I am a teacher and time off is impossible, and thankfully they fit me in during half term.
Anyway… when they put the vinegar on my cervix quite a large area went white, including a small part of my vaginal wall. It wasn’t bright, obvious white. I had to ask, “does that count?” because it was mottled and not very distinct. I got upset and this point and said “does it look like cancer?” and the colcoscopist said that it didn’t. She took 4 biopsies - 2 from my cervix and 2 from the vaginal wall. She said if its CIN1 it will be watch and wait, although I’ll need to have my smears at the hospital to keep an eye on the vaginal wall. If its CIN2 or CIN3 I’ll need the cells removed under GA because of the size of the area and vaginal wall involvement.
Everybody was amazing and I’m so grateful - we live in a city with a fantastic hospital and the care is amazing. However, in my crazy head I’m also worried they were holding back and “just being nice,” ha!
So… has anybody else had a large area of abnormal cells/abnormal cells on the vaginal wall? What was your experience?
I’m staying with my mum and dad tonight and desperately hoping my post-biopsy bleeding doesn’t get any worse so I can keep them in the dark. My dad just had major surgery for cancer and I don’t think they can cope with any more drama. The only person I’ve told is my fiancé. It’s such a comfort to write all this down xx