Hi there, I hope you dont mind me posting here - i have just joined.
I have not been diagnosed with CC, but believe I have relative symptoms, although I am hoping it is nothing to worry about.
I am 24 years old and have 2 young children. The past 6 months or so I have been having spontaneous bleeding outside of my cycle - usually bright red fresh blood with a brown discharge that appears beforehand. I am also bleeding after sex quite often (also the bright red blood). In all my time of having periods I have never suffered with painful cramps but recently I can only compare them to early labour pains when I am on. They take my breath away sometimes and I find it very concerning that this is happening out of nowhere.
I visited my local walk in centre after being unable to get a GP appointment and being more or less bundled in the car after another bleeding incident after sex by my partner who is considerably concerned. I seem to be burying my head in the sand, I should have done it earlier.
After an internal examination and 2 swabs I was told that I am to be referred for an early smear. Could somebody please enlighten me on what happens during this process? I am worried and my mind is in overdrive with all the possibilities of what could be wrong with my body.
Sorry if I have posted in the wrong place or this is an irrelavant post, I just seem to be getting myself in to a bit of a tizz over the whole situation and dont want to worry family or friends by speaking to them.
Thanks, Hannah xx