Anyone had a colposcopy?

Carla - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I had a pap test reacently and got my results and I have to have a colposcopy, I know what this is and what they do but I am scared of the outcome. I read that almost all times everything is fine and it can be treated if there is a problem, slim chance that it is cancer. My mom says she has had a few of these, cervical cancer does not run in my family thank goodness, but I'm worried that something is wrong...any advice?

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Amanda - posted on 11/02/2009

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Yup i had to have one done a few months ago.. it really wasnt that bad... it was a peice of cake i was sleeping the entire time

Iysha - posted on 10/22/2009

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I had one this Tuesday. It isn' that bad. I have HPV and had abnormal pap results at my postpardom check up. It is not a hard precedure and doesn't hurt. I am terrified that I may have cancer but My OBGYN said that it doesn't look bad and if there's anything to worry about she will call me and talk to me about it and that I could look up my results online in about a week. Having HPV puts me at a greater risk than those who only have abnormal pap tests. My doctor also said that many times, the abnormal results just happen and go away in a while. If results turn out to be precancerous, they can freeze it. There are also many options that can be discussed if you still want to have children after being diagnosed with cervical cancer. I was glad to hear that because I just had my first child and am planning on having more. Depending on my results, I will know if it is better to have them sooner than later. Worse case senario, ill have cirvical cancer and get a hysterectomy...then it is all gone. Can't have cervical cancer without a cervix! Sure getting your reproductive organs out can be scary, but it is the very last option and in most cases does not need to be done. all you can do is hope for the best and take it one step at a time. know that you arent alone. it's ok to be scared. i'm scared too.

Holly - posted on 10/22/2009

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Don't be so worried sweetie. It's better to get it done to see if there is a problem and get it taken care of so you don't have to worry later. No matter the outcome we live in the age of science where just about anything can be fixed ;)

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Tina - posted on 11/06/2013

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I am having an colposcopy done today because of abnormal cells.
My Mom died of cervical cancer, but she didn't follow up with her pap smears.
Be in prayer for me i am nervous.

Carla - posted on 10/24/2009

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I'm not having a cononoscopy, I'm having a colposcopy, two totally different things. A colposcopy is a pap test pretty much where they look at your cells closer due to an abnormal pap.

Holly - posted on 10/24/2009

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Hi Carla...a colonoscopy sounds scarey but the procedure is pretty painless. ( I've had 3 or 4 due to Crohn's disease) Dr Oz just had a show on it last week and you may beable to view it on his website. Sometimes its just polyps and they remove them when they do the procedure. Good Luck and stay positive.

Debbie - posted on 10/22/2009

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Hi Carla,

It is not anything to worry about. At least the one that my doctor did was not as bad as I had anticipated. She was quick about it and minor discomfort. The main thing is that you are being pro-active and that is the best thing you could do. The results came back ok. Having this or these cells is not necessarily due to genetics, it has other causes. you may want to look that up on line. I am hoping & praying the best for you. Make every day count! OX, Debbie

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I had it done years ago.. I also had an abnormal pap, my entire family worried that I might have had cervical cancer.. Cancer seems to run in my family.. But everything was fine.. Most of the time it's nothing.. I wouldn't worry too much over it.. Good Luck

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I had one a couple of years ago. It was normal and they put me to sleep when they did it. It is only to screen out polyps or cancer before it gets bad.

Carla - posted on 10/22/2009

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I had a abnormal pap when I was pregnant with my daughter, after her birth everything was fine...the one I had while pregnant with my son was also fine, this is the first one I have had since the birth of my son who is 15 months old. I do not plan on having anymore children, I had the IUD put in when I had the pap test done. I know that more than likely I will be fine, it is just a scary idea that something might be wrong, especially when you have two young children. I'm not really stressing about it, just cant help but be a little worried, I'm a worrier by nature. I have to wait until Nov. 4th to have this done so I have a lot of time to worry. I was just wondering how many people have had this done and if it is a common thing like they say.

Carol - posted on 10/22/2009

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I had one a few years ago, they're not pleasant that's for sure but it is better safe than sorry. I had some abnormal cells removed and all of my pap tests have been good since then........that was 5 years ago :)

Lyndsey - posted on 10/22/2009

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my appointment was for today but had to be cancelled,i recently just found out i have severe psycoriosis of the cervix there sayin it may not be cancer so panick buttons have hit me just incase it does turn out cancer,at the moment im tryin not to think about it and keepin myself busy as much as possible. We are all strong women.x

Nikkita - posted on 10/22/2009

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I had to get one done at the tender age of 18. My parents didn't know, and still don't. I didn't want them to think I had an STD or something...didn't know how to explain it. Mine came back that everything was normal. I just have "abnormal cells" that I guess will stay with me forever, because each time since then, I've been told that I have "abnormal cervical cells," but nothing is wrong. I say don't worry about it. And if there is something going on, it's better to know now and be treated, than to wait until later and find out that it's too late to treat it. Just keep your head up and stay in prayer. =)

Jeni - posted on 10/22/2009

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Please dont be scared. I had a colposcopy December 29, 2008. The results showed abnormal cancerous cells. I was diagnosed with displaysia. I had my cervix frozen to see if it would kill the cells. Unfortunately it didnt work and I have been living with Cervical Cancer. Its nothing to be afraid of because there are things that can be done. just keep up with you regular pap tests, and keep control of everything. You will be fine, I promise.

Kelly - posted on 10/22/2009

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My pap came back abnormal when I was pregnant and was told that I have to get a colposcopy. I never did. My friend's doctor told her that majority of the time you don't even need one that its for them to try and make money. Get a 2nd opinion.

Jalisa - posted on 10/22/2009

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i really wouldnt be to worried about it ive had 3 and the first two were nothing .but htey can be painful depending on you.. my first one hurt and they couldnt get the bleeding positive result causeing them to have to do one. but dont drive your self crazy about it. most of the time its just abnormal cells which are no big deal unless you have HPV. which is what causes it to turn into cancer.. but until you get these results back dont go nuts.

Alley - posted on 10/22/2009

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I had one 16 years ago becuase of abnormal paps. Ended up w/ carcinoma insitu. They did a leap procedure and I haven't had an abnormal pap since. It's better to get it done and nip any problems in the bud. The test is a little uncomfortable but quick. Sending up a prayer for you.

Leanne - posted on 10/22/2009

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hi my best friend had that done and she told me she was so scared but she got it done and it was over in minutes. every thing has been fine after that but she dose go and get smear test done every few months to be on the safe side that it dose not come back. thankfully it has not. she was so brave for that and i love her to bits for it

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No mattter what advice you are given that will not take the worry away. However if mom has been through a few then maybe it is just genetic, I have a friend who has bad paps every time and nothing has been wrong yet she is 56.. I know several ladies who have had that done and everything was fine..all you can do is keep good thoughts and wait for the results...

Andrea - posted on 10/22/2009

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Yes, have had 2 before. It's not so bad. They just pinch a piece of tissue off... kinda feels like the finger prick blood test.

Jasmine - posted on 10/22/2009

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Honestly I think you will be fine I think it's just the name thats scary because I've had to have one too ,there not pleasent but better safe than sorry....Colposcopy are very common and your right usually everythings fine so don't freak you'll be okm :-)

Jen - posted on 10/22/2009

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IV? I think you are talking about a Colonoscopy??? We are talking about a Colposcopy (culture of the cervix)

Chantel - posted on 10/22/2009

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I had an abnormal pap with hints of dysplasia in my cells when i was 14 years old. I was then diagnosed with HPV, I then became really sick to the point i was in and out of the hospital! i had ovarian cysts that had ruptured somehow due to having HPV. I had the colposcopy when i was 15 i was definitely scared! but in the end it helped clear up the HPV and IT wasnt as bad as i thought it would be. i stressed everyday of the thought that something could be seriously wrong with me! But It didnt hurt due to the fact they had me under anesthesia. and it actually helped me incredibly in the end! The only advice i can give to you is dont think about it! in the end it could help you! If by chance you do come back with cancer cells my prayers are with you. And you are a strong women so youll be able to cope and handle this. by the way you have a beautiful baby! and no matter what happens your family will love you and support you!

Jen - posted on 10/22/2009

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Ive had this done also. I too was scared of the results, but yes, most likely everything will be fine. Mine came back fine also. You'll be ok!

Michelle - posted on 10/22/2009

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I had a pap come back abnormal while I was pregnant with my son and then had a colposcopy. It also came back abnormal, but they decided to wait until after I had my son and do another pap and it came back normal. The subsequent pap when I got pregnant with my daughter and after she was born were normal too. So it's considered a false positive due to pregnancy. It can be stressful but it's better to know then to not know. It doesn't mean that you have cancer. It can mean lots of things.

Cassondra - posted on 10/22/2009

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I've had two of them done.. They aren't fun, but its better to get them done and be safe then sorry. The second time I got one done, I had him give me pain medicine that I was to take an hour before I had the procedure done... If you dont like pain, I advise you to ask him for meds as well! They definately made the second time around experience much better. All I had was abnormal lessions on my cervix. I'm sure your's is fine as well, don't worry, until its time to worry.

Shaina - posted on 10/22/2009

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Really, just relax about it. At this point, you can't change anything and it isn't going to do you any good to stress over it. Just deal with the outcome when it happens. Most likely, it won't be a big deal. If you have a good doctor, they'll even warn you which places might hurt. And if you have another child, it will likely "clean" your cervix. They found small spots of cervical cancer on me and I had them removed. When I went back for a follow up, I was pregnant and they could only watch. I had another follow up after the birth of my daughter, and my cervix had become perfect...not even any scars from what had been removed.

Patricia - posted on 10/22/2009

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yeah i had one 2 weeks ago- not that bad- mine came back completely normal- it does not automatically mean that something is wrong - if anything it will find out whats going on b4 something is really wrong. Don't worry.

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