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TofuLou
06-28-2007, 11:23 PM
... to post under Women's Health?! Well, lucky me! Can I talk about myself? Well, I gotta get this off my chest so here it goes... I'm a nursing student, midwife assistant and birth doula (my boyfriend is an ob/gyn -- but I do birth the right way ;)) and I'm also awaiting my 6-month follow up exam for cervical dysplasia. I had cryo done 6 months ago and now it's time for a repeat pap... but I'm really scared. What if it's still there? What if it's cancer now? What if I can't have children?! Anyone have experience with cervical issues?

geenaRN
06-29-2007, 12:43 AM
I have no experience with cervical issues, but I wanted to write and let you know that I sincerely hope your tests come back okay! Waiting is the hardest part.

Labor Nurse
06-29-2007, 10:28 PM
Hey There Jessalou!

Don't take my word for gospel, but there is a good chance that your repeat pap will be negative. If not, then they'll recommend either a colposcopy if the pap is ASCUS (abnormal cells of unknown significance) or another cryo for higher grade lesions. But, in my experience I have had multiple patients with cryo's and they got pregnant just fine and gave birth just fine. As far as the cancer concern, it is unlikely to turn into a serious cancer lesion if you keep up with the paps and other recommendations. I can understand your worry, though, and I will hope your results are negative!

KimRN
07-04-2007, 06:01 PM
I'm also rooting for negative results!

I do have to say, I'd love to be a fly on the wall when you and your boyfriend discuss birthing issues! : )

Judy Pelfrey
07-05-2007, 04:17 PM
Hi Jessalou,
I went through the same thing you are going through. Had the cryo then colpolscopy and the waiting was the absolute worst! But it all ended well, eventually my PAP became normal. Now it is abnormal on occasion but a second look reveals no cancer, so I've gotten used to the whole thing. I still dread my yearlys, but get them done. Apparently some of us ladies just have a troublesome cervix.
All of this occured after my childbearing was complete, so I can't speak to that.
Hang in and think good thoughts.

KimRN
07-13-2007, 08:58 AM
And Tofulou - don't forget to keep us posted!!!

TofuLou
08-02-2007, 09:52 PM
Ugh. I hate to report that my PAP came bad dysplasic again :( Still low-grade though.

But still enough to merit some good cries yesterday.

So, after talking with John we've decided to do another PAP in November/December. Then if it's STILL dysplasic (low-grade or greater) we're going to LEEP.

Which led to more cries, of course.

*sigh* Frustrating. Disappointing. Maddening. Frightening.

Here we go again!

But, thanks for the words of encouragement and sharing stories of your own; It really does help. It lets me know that I'm not the only one!

xoxo.

TofuLou
08-02-2007, 09:55 PM
I'm also rooting for negative results!

I do have to say, I'd love to be a fly on the wall when you and your boyfriend discuss birthing issues! : )

HA! We have some "interesting" conversations. He's much more accepting than I am...
"You Pit her? How long did you wait?"
"Three hours with no change."
"THREE HOURS?! That's pathetic! What, did you have somewhere to be? Couldn't wait? Where's the fire?"

I'm not so nice all of the time ;)

TofuLou
08-02-2007, 09:59 PM
Hi Jessalou,
I went through the same thing you are going through. Had the cryo then colpolscopy and the waiting was the absolute worst! But it all ended well, eventually my PAP became normal. Now it is abnormal on occasion but a second look reveals no cancer, so I've gotten used to the whole thing. I still dread my yearlys, but get them done. Apparently some of us ladies just have a troublesome cervix.
All of this occured after my childbearing was complete, so I can't speak to that.
Hang in and think good thoughts.

I appreciate that you shared your story. Yeah, it does make me very worried about childbearing (I just turned 26 yesterday. Nuligravita thus far) because it's something that I'm really looking forward to.

What I've read SO FAR has said that LEEPs and such shouldn't effect your fertility; they do, however, decrease the strength of your cervix which can become a problem later in pregnancy; The cervix can't always handle the weight of baby and amnio fluid and thus preterm labor becomes the issue.

But, we'll cross that road when we get to it. Thinking about it too much right now just gets me too sad!

geenaRN
08-04-2007, 05:15 PM
Ugh. I hate to report that my PAP came bad dysplasic again :( Still low-grade though.

But still enough to merit some good cries yesterday.

So, after talking with John we've decided to do another PAP in November/December. Then if it's STILL dysplasic (low-grade or greater) we're going to LEEP.

Which led to more cries, of course.

*sigh* Frustrating. Disappointing. Maddening. Frightening.

Here we go again!

But, thanks for the words of encouragement and sharing stories of your own; It really does help. It lets me know that I'm not the only one!


Aw, Tofu... I'm so sorry you didn't get the negative result you hoped for. I don't know what LEEP is... guess I'll have to go do some reading!

We're pulling for you! Let us know if there's anything we can do.

Elocin22
08-05-2007, 01:45 AM
Hrm...I had a LEEP done last spring and my gyn never mentioned weakening of the cervix (not that I asked...). I am only 24. That makes me worry a bit. I'll be sure to ask next time I go in.

(PS. Have had two normal PAPs and one abnormal since the LEEP! Woohoo!)

TofuLou
08-06-2007, 01:17 AM
Elocin22:
I'm sorry to hear that we've had somewhat similar fates :(
My bf is my gyney (I know, sounds weird, but, who better to treat me then someone who has a vested interest in my cervix!) and has said that sometimes late in pregnancy the cervix can be weakened from a prior LEEP; I mean, there's a 6lb+ baby plus amniotic fluid sitting on top of there, what'dja expect? I've heard that a stitch-of-sorts can be put in your cervix to help prevent preterm labor...
Do you have a blog? I'd love to read more about your experience.
I'm at tofulou.blogspot.com
Best of luck!

Elocin22
08-06-2007, 01:51 AM
Haha! No...haven't been brave enough to join the blog world.

I also can't think of anything clever to call my blog...hrm.

KimRN
09-01-2007, 03:40 PM
You can always call it "My Clever Blog"! :D Once you dip your toe into blogging, you will be hooked!

jojodow
09-03-2007, 11:56 PM
Tofulou/Jessalou

I know it's been awhile since that first post,I'm a newbie here, I hope everythings OK.

My Sister had a LEEP for cervical Dysplasia 3 or 4 years ago. She had her 5th child last year with no problems during pregnancy.

I have read that stitching is an option, but most don't need it.

Just thought you'd like to hear a success story!

Best wishes! :)

KimRN
09-04-2007, 02:45 PM
Tofulou/Jessalou

I know it's been awhile since that first post,I'm a newbie here, I hope everythings OK.

My Sister had a LEEP for cervical Dysplasia 3 or 4 years ago. She had her 5th child last year with no problems during pregnancy.

I have read that stitching is an option, but most don't need it.

Just thought you'd like to hear a success story!

Best wishes! :)

I'm with Geena - I'm going to have to look up LEEP. Not exactly something I deal with in ER.

Tofulou - I was so sorry to hear the second PAP did not turn out to be normal. Sounds like Jodi has a success story for you a few posts back. Me? I'll be educaging myself on it! {{{}}}}