Hello, I'm hoping you can help. I visited my GP in February with abnormal bleeding and he advised me to go for a smear test. The results of the smear came back abnormal and the letter advised me to repeat the test in 6 months time unless I have any of the listed symptoms. I obviously had those symptoms initially so contacted the surgery who referred me to the gynaecologist. The gynaecologist referred me to colposcopy and this was done just yesterday. The doctor discovered an abnormal area which extended into the opening of my cervix and took 2 biopsies. She also done a repeat smear. She advises me that she'll be in touch with my results in due course. It was all a bit much to take in and it's only since leaving that I have some questions.
Firstly, I was told from my GP that precancerous changes generally don't cause any symptoms. If this is the case then why am I experiencing symptoms if it's due to these abnormal cells? Can this happen occasionally?
Secondly, I've had symptoms since about 2012. Does that mean that these abnormalities have been there since then? The gynaecologist explained that many changes go away on their own so would this suggest that mines isn't going to clear up without treatment? I'm only 22 so I wasn't advised to go for a smear test when I initially had symptoms.
Lastly, with the changes extending into the opening of the cervix (an area which the gynaecologist wasn't able to view) can this make treatment more complicated?
Sorry for the very ling winded message but any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated.
Hope to hear from you soon :)