I wanted to seek out a community like this one full of kindness and support because I'm pretty freaked out right now. I'm 33 years old, never had an abnormal Pap. Let me back up - for the past year and a half or so, I've been having symptoms that none of the several gynecologists I've seen could diagnose: pain during sex, bleeding during and after sex, strange discharge (very light yellow, doesn't smell "foul" but definitely has an odor). I'd been tested for the standard STD's, for BV and yeast. Tested positive for yeast once, but after treatment the problem didn't go away, yet re-test showed no yeast.
Anyway! I decided the other week that I wanted to switch from oral contraceptives (which I've been on for 16 years) to an IUD, because my doctor and I thought that possibly the estrogen in the pill was causing my symptoms. So I go in to get the IUD, and the doctor comes in and says, "So we were going to do an IUD placement today, but we listerally JUST got your Pap results back..." So the Pap was normal, but I have high risk HPV (16). I was on my period at the time so she couldn't do the colposcopy, but we're doing it this coming Monday. Normally I wouldn't be this freaked out, but now that I've done some research and know the symptoms of cervical cancer...it really seems to fit what I've been going through that hasn't been able to be diagnosed.
So yeah the colpsocopy/biopsy is on Monday and I'm scared...of the biopsy itself, and then waiting a week for the results, and then the possibility of those results being cancer. I guess more than anything I just wanted to type this all out and hope other people who have been in my situation may read it so I won't feel so alone and scared. Any words about your experiences or anything at all are more than welcome.
Thank you for reading! :)