I just want to let you all know my journey so far, hopefully it may put someone's mind at ease as I was frantically googling prior to my procedure and couldn't find many good stories.
I have had years of symptoms, bleeding after sex, bloating, pain, persistent bacterial vaginosis, swollen glands and absent periods for a while. I pushed my doctors and after many tests was diagnosed with PCOS (seemed to have answered all my symptoms.)
So I am 25 years old, I had my first smear about 8 weeks ago. After nagging my doctors for a full 4 weeks after being told it only takes 2, I finally got the letter I dreaded. Severe high grade dyskaryosis. I fell to the floor as I knew this wasn't good. I was asked to come for a colposcopy a week and a half later which I was so nervous about.
I went to my colposcopy, (it was a little uncomfortable) and she said we might have to do LLETZ, but upon further examination she was not happy doing this under local anaesthetic as the cells were covering such a large area so she decided on general anaesthetic which I would have to come back for at a later date.
I read many stories of how bad LLETZ can be, the pain and bleeding waking up and the lack of sex drive etc and the need for further treatment. I felt awful for these women and frightened that I chose between that or potentially CC. I had never been under general anaesthetic before and I suffer with anxiety, so I was petrified about the complications of GA.
I had my procedure done under GA yesterday and let me tell you, I feel better than I did prior to it! I was so scared on the day, before surgery my heart rate was at 134 and my blood pressure was high, I was shaking, so the anaesthetist and nurses were so kind giving me extra time and lots of reassurance.
I waited a long time before the procedure (was in hospital at 7:30 and surgery was at 11:30) which I think fuelled my anxiety, but I had my wonderful boyfriend who was allowed on the ward from 9:00.
I woke up feeling like I had a good nights rest and chatting away to the nurses, they made sure I went to the toilet and ate, checked my heart and blood pressure and I was good to go!
I've had small amounts of flakey blood (sorry TMI) and I had lower back pain for a few hours, but only as bad as I get for my periods. My glands have all gone down and I've suffered no abdominal pains! Insomnia hit me in the night but once I managed to fall asleep I woke up early, feeling refreshed!
I now have the agonising wait for my results to fond out whether I have CIN or CC, but since the procedure I have put my faith in the system and although I know it's not the same for all women and my heart goes out to anyone with bad LLETZ stories, I really wanted to show that it can be ok for others.
I hope I can put someone's mind at ease and I'm sending love to all you ladies xxxxxx