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The colposcopy is a painless procedure to see if the cell changes in your cervix need some straightforward treatment. Probably won't be necessary as the smear showed borderline changes so will probably go back to normal within 6 months.
Certain strains of HPV can - over the course of many years - cause cervical cancer. However, it's a very common virus and tends to go away of its own accord. So basically, you're under the care of NHS now and anything that could have developed into something more sinister has been caught in time.
Hi, I had this too. Since they brought in the HPV test, anyone with borderline changes is referred for a colposcopy rather than have 3 abnormal smears before a colposcopy. I was very worried too, but it turned out to be ok. I had the colposcopy and the doctor took some biopsies but it was all normal when the results came back. It is better that they do the colposcopy, I feel, as you don't have the uncertainty of having to have smear tests at intervals-the biopsy gives a clearer picture. If it is ok, you just go back to regular smears. If there is any change, you either have treatment or have more regular smear tests. There are guidelines that they follow for this. I know how you feel-I was very worried, too but much relived after it came back ok and the colposcopy and biopsies were not as bad as I thought they would be. Don't worry too much (I know that is easier said than done). Best of luck!
I had a borderline smear six years ago (before HPV tests) and was supposed to go back a year later (or maybe six months I forget). Anyway I didn't go back because I emigrated and what with one thing and another didn't have another smear for five years. Had another smear six months ago, all clear.
I remember talking to a GP friend of mine about it at the time as I was worried, and she was very reassuring. I'd also agree that having the follow up test now will put your mind at ease rather than having a longer period before you get the all clear. Plus if there is something to address it will be picked up very early so likely to be easily treatable.