cervical smears & cervical cancer

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Have I waited too long?

Postby jojobean80 on Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:34 am

In 2004 I had an abnormal smear result, a cone biopsy and then cold colcoscopy treatment( I think that’s what it’s called). For the next few years I regularly had a yearly smear test. However, i haven’t had one for about 6 years now and I’m scared of what they may find if I do, so I keep putting it off. I reacted really badly to the treatment that I had at the clinic and found it extremely painful, even though I have 4 children. I’m scared that I may have left it too long without getting checked and I’m also scared that I’ll need treatment again. Is there anything that can help me get over this fear? Thank you
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Re: Have I waited too long?

Postby Mr Jonathan Broome on Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:19 pm


So you attended follow up for about 8 years and all was well? I'd view this as very positive and presumably after this time you'd have been discharged back to the national cervical screening programme.
If you're not experiencing any symptoms of bleeding after intercourse or discharge then thats further reassurance but I do think you need to see your practice nurse/GP for a smear. Unfortunately there's no easy way to get this done but maybe a chat beforehand will allay some of your anxiety.

It's never too late to go back and have a smear, I think you know that really!
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Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon - MB ChB, MRCOG

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