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Unread 04-03-2003, 12:18 PM

Hi everyone!

I am so glad to have found this site since I have soooo many questions!

I have been told by my family Dr. that I have HSIL and severe dysplasia. I have never even had an abnormal pap before so this is all so scary!

She is referring me to a gynecologist for a colposcopy and probable hysterectomy.

Has anyone had a colposcopy done? I have been told that it will feel like a pinch when they take the biopsy samples. Any feedback on how I will feel after? I have a 3 hour car ride to go to a seminar for work that evening after the procedure. Then it will be 8 hours in the seminar and a 3 hour car ride back the next day. Just wondering if I am going to be able to do it?

Also....will the Dr. at least have an idea of what we are looking at in terms of how the results will be?

Thanks for listening!!!
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Unread 04-03-2003, 12:24 PM

Hi Kimber,

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but there are lots of ladies here that can help! I've had many a colpscopy and it does pinch, but I ususally take a couple of ibuprofen and am just fine afterward. There may be a bit of spotting, though, so be prepared for that!

At the colposcopy, the doctor may be able to give you a little more information than you already have, such as whether the area of dysplasia is large or small, but most of the information will come when your tissue sample has been analyzed. That shouldn't take long though!

I do have one word of advice: if the gynecologist that you are seeing is not a gynecologist/oncologist, you should probably try to get in to see a gyn/onc as well. They are specialists in this field and are the best at being able to stage your dysplasia or cancer and may have options for you other than a hysterectomy. I guess that was more than one word . Good luck!

Unread 04-03-2003, 01:19 PM

Hi - I've had many many colposcopies and can tell you that the first one is the worst because you don't know what to expect. Be sure to take some ibuprofen or tylenol before you go, and also be sure to have a little something in your stomach (juice, too or something with sugar.) Try to relax - that is the most important part. Depending on the severity, they will give you a little shot of lidocaine in the area (which really is just a pinch but it burns a little - not too bad). After that you really can't feel anything, just pressure. The dr will "paint" the area with some brown goop and look at it under a special light. The affected areas turn a different color, and they will snip off a tiny bit of tissue to be biopsied. Before you know it, it's over! I can't tell you how you'll feel afterwards, but I generally come back to work (desk job). Sitting can be a little uncomfortable after a while; just keep going with the ibuprofen! Good luck!
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Unread 04-03-2003, 01:31 PM

Thanks for the information ladies. I am just a bit nervous I suppose but I am sure I will be fine.

Just can't wait to get it all over with!!

The waiting for me is awful! But I am sure that everyone feels the same about that part of it.


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