I've been having colposcopies regularly now since about 2010, with the results of punch biopsies always showing CIN1 and later 'HPV Changes only' (I'm not entirely sure what that means but all the smear test they've done in between have come back as Mild Dyskaryosis).
I think the hospital were hoping that things would eventually clear up without any treatment but at my last appointment in June I saw a different consultant and he explained that they would also be doing a test for high risk HPV as I'd had persistent mild changes for such a long time. The results of that test showed that I do have high risk HPV, which I understand means that it's a type of HPV that is more likely to develop into cancer in the long term if left untreated.
So they want to do some treatment (LLETZ) and my appointment is booked for early October. Obviously it's not something I'm looking forward to but I'm just hoping that my smear tests are all normal afterwards.
Anyway, a couple of people have suggested to me about asking for my appointment to be brought forward. I'm not convinced that that would be possible because it's on the NHS and I presume that people with more urgent needs are prioritised, which of course makes sense. I think the idea was that bringing the appointment forward would just get it over and done with (obviously). Another option might be for me to pay to have the treatment privately but since all but one of my colposcopies has been done at the same hospital I figured that it made more sense to stay with them for continuity of care (although, that said, I don't see the same person each time anyway) and I don't know how it would work if I moved from NHS treatment to private and then back to NHS for follow up smear tests/colposcopies.
Sorry for the somewhat rambling message. I suppose my question is about whether anyone has ever asked for an NHS appointment to be brought forward and what happened and also whether anyone has had private treatment for abnormal cervical changes and if that can work in tandem with NHS follow ups.
Hope that makes sense! Thanks in advance.