I live in Scotland and had an abnormal smear test a year ago (borderline changes) This in itself didn’t worry me, but I also had a lot of irregular bleeding including bleeding after sex.
I went to see my Gp about this and she reassured me that it would be down to my implanon (I had irregular bleeding since I got the implant) I am sure this is most likely but just wanted to rule out any more concerning causes. The Gp told me that if there was anything to worry about it would have been picked up on my smear. She said if I was still worried I could take Norethisterone and if this stopped the bleeding I would know that the bleeding wasn’t anything to worry about. So I took it for a short while, it stopped the irregular bleeding and I then stopped worrying about it for a while.
I felt anxious again when I had my next smear, but that also showed borderline changes and I was told I would have another smear again in 6 months. I am due this smear to follow up next week.
But then I saw a post which had been shared on Facebook by a girl who had a normal smear but had cancer and the only way she knew was because of irregular bleeding. Being given incorrect information from my Gp, made me also wonder if her advice about taking Norethisterone to check the source of the bleeding was correct.
This made me worry as my Gp had told me that wasn’t possible, so it reignited all the worries.
I am due to get the implant removed so thought I would discuss my concerns with my new Gp (I have since moved practice) at my appointment for that. But unfortunately I have had to wait a month to see a female Gp.
I have still got a week and a half to go, I know that most likely it will all be fine, but all the waiting is causing me stress. I phoned this morning to try to get an earlier appointment, but it wasn’t possible unless it’s urgent, which I guess it isn’t.
I just feel really upset because if my last Gp had given me better advice, I could have had the implant removed sooner and then I would know for sure if the implant was causing the bleeding and it could have saved me all this worry. Also if I was in England I would have been hpv tested after my first smear and then if the abnormal smear was anything to worry about I would have been referred for a Colposcopy.
I also feel a bit in the dark about the protocols for screening in Scotland. I asked the nurse when I had my last smear if I kept having borderline changes at my smears if and when I would be referred for a colposcopy or will I stay having the six monthly smears indefinitely. But she didn’t seem to know. I am going to ask at my next appointment, but in the meantime if anyone knows what the protocols are in Scotland it would be really helpful.
I am sorry for moaning as I am sure other people have more to worry about. But I haven’t told anyone about my concerns, my partner is away and it’s not something I find easy to talk about with my friends, so having to wait so long to speak to someone about it and meanwhile constantly having to fight with myself to stop stressing about it is tiring. I even tried to phone the Jo Trust helpline earlier but it wasn’t possible to get through.
I guess there is nothing I can do but wait, but if anyone has any strategies for controlling the worries in the meantime let me know?