I wonder if anyone can advise me...
I'm 27 and had my first smear a few weeks ago (late I know, I have no excuse!)
I had the results in a letter last week (although I was not around to open them so read them yesterday instead). They were low-grade dyskaryosis and high risk HPV. I have been asked to go for a colposcopy and from what I have since read on here and through other searches this is most likely more due to the HPV result than the low grade abnormalities?
I have not called to book my appointment yet due to a very long busy day at work today.
Having read about Lletz treatment I understand that following this you shouldn't swim / wear tampons for 4 weeks afterwards due to the risk of infection. At this point I have no reason to believe I will need a Lletz but I am wondering if the same advice applies following a biopsy? And also how likely is it that I will need a biopsy at the time of having the colposcopy with my results so far?
I am asking this because I have a holiday booked in 4 weeks, probably a silly thing to be concerned about but I have read that it is common to postpone Lletz until after holidays because having the procedure can void insurance. If the same advice applies to a biopsy then should I postpone the colposcopy just in case I need a biopsy?
Less than 2 weeks after returning I will need to go overseas again for work-related meetings, so if I decide to postpone it for travel insurance reasons it will be postponed for around 2 months in total. Is this advisable / worth the risk? I don't know how much / how quickly things can change or progress so I have no idea if I should even be worried about postponing?
Alternatively - could I have the colposcopy but postpone a biopsy if I need one? I'm reluctant to ask my GP about this as they tend to be very persistent and I think they might make me go as soon as possible even if it is not necessary (I wasn't given an option about when to go for the smear as the receptionist (who happens to know my mum) called me and shouted at me for not making an appointment yet (again - I have no excuse)).
Sorry for the long message I am not very good at being concise when writing...