I went for colposcopy yesterday after a 6 month follow-up smear indicated I've moved from mild to high grade changes. After talking to the doctor beforehand I agreed to going ahead to a visual confirmation with the vinegar and iodine and to have the loop excision done that visit under local.
During the examination though I experienced quite a lot of pain as a combination of cervical ectopy and a tilted cervix which required the doctor to press on an area where I experienced sharp pain whilst trying to see my cervix properly. I've always felt more than the 'slight discomfort' they describe for smears, but this brought tears to my eyes, which then meant I couldn't relax, which made the whole situation worse.
The medical staff there were lovely, and suggested not carrying out the loop excision that day, as they would need to be able to manuever during the procedure, and as the Dr put it she did not want me finding this the worst experience ever and not coming back for monitoring and smears in the future. So instead they took a biopsy instead to confirm treatment is appropriate (though the Dr said from what she could see the biopsy will only confirm treatment is preferable).
They have also suggested once biopsy results are in that I opt for them to complete the loop excision under general rather than local anaesthetic.
Has anyone else been advised a loop under general? I feel like I'm being ridiculous not being able to persevere and get it done yesterday under local.