Sorry about this, I feel a little daft posting here and know there have been lots of posts like this before.
I'm due a colposcopy in two weeks and despite all the information I've read on here or from the NHS, I'm still just feeling a bit anxious and unsure about the whole thing.
I'm only 24 and went for my first smear test a couple of years ago. The results came back abnormal and asked me to return for another smear in six months, but I had read that was pretty common and between finishing university, getting a new job and moving across the country, I just never got round to it.
I've been feeling pretty lousy and run-down of late and decided I should probably look after myself a little better. As part of this I decided I should probably go back for another smear. I then received a letter from the hospital saying there had been changes in cells and I would need to go in for a colposcopy. I had never really given a thought to any of this stuff before and this was the first time I had heard anything about colposcopies or what happens when changes are found.
Again, I wasn't too phased by this as I had read that changes in cells were common in people of my age and a friend mentioned that I had only been for one other smear so there wasn't a lot to compare my recent one with. However, since receiving the information pack about the colposcopy from the NHS I've become more and more nervous about the procedure itself. I found my last smear extremely uncomfortable and painful (is that normal?) and I'm really not looking forward to this. I had hoped I could just go back to work afterwards but read from the info pack that it's best to take the rest of the day off. This stresses me out even more because I have to ask for time off work.
Anyway, long post. I know it's silly and this is probably just nothing. I'm a fairly logical person and not normally a hypochondriac - I know that all my symptoms (messed up hormones, constipation, back pain, fatigue etc. all from before smear) also fit with periods or stress and I guess I'm really just a bag of nerves these days.
So, that's where I'm at right now. I'm not discussing this with friends right now as it's personal and I really just wanted to know if there's anybody else around my age who is going through this? How the colposcopy was for you and how the following days were? I’ve read other people discussing the results of theire smear… are you supposed to receive more detail than just ‘abnormal’ or ‘there were changes to cells’?