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mum is 47 had abnormal smear test results and has to go for a colposcopy

(6 Posts)
pippypoppypanda Sat 09-Aug-08 10:18:10

Is this something to worry about at her age? She is going through menopause at the minute could this cause abnormal smear? I'm trying not to worry as I have had many colposcopys myself, its difficult when its someone else in your family.......

whomovedmychocolate Sat 09-Aug-08 10:27:07

It's not unusual to get abnormal results - I think about 30% require further tests. So long as she's had regular smears even if it does show cancer, it's extremely treatable when caught sat an early stage.

AnnasBananas Mon 11-Aug-08 13:10:08

No, nothing to worry about. The colposcope allows a much better view of the cervix and often an abnormal smear is then discovered to be normal by colposcopy. The smear test is not very precise it's more a screening test whereas colposcopy is a diagnostic tool. I have had three abnormal smears already over 15 years and I'm only 35. One required laser treatment and the other two were found to be normal under colposcopy so I half expect an abnormal result now. A word to the wise, after having one abnormal smear test I would go for yearly smear tests though, not three-yearly, so there's time to treat any future abnormalities.

VictorianSqualor Mon 11-Aug-08 13:22:47

Make sure she is aware that she could have to have a LEEP, so best to be prepared.
I went for my colposcopy thinking it was just a smear, but they performed the LEEp there and then. (A heated wire hoop that cuts the cells off of your cervix, under local anaesthetic)

pippypoppypanda Wed 20-Aug-08 11:28:38

She had to have the leap as cell changes were severe. She has to wait 4 weeks for test results, what happens next???

expatinscotland Wed 20-Aug-08 11:31:54

i had a colpo and biopsy and then a LEEP after the results came back.

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