First smear - abnormal cells?!

(19 Posts)
apwilso Wed 14-Oct-20 22:55:20

Had my first smear test.

Had a letter to say I need to go back for another appointment to do a more in-depth check. But not received my results to tell me what's wrong!!

I'm upset and don't know what to think about this. Feel at a loss and I hate being an over thinker

Can anyone advise

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ScarMatty Wed 14-Oct-20 23:01:36

Hello!

Please try not to worry. They'll normally just bring to in for a more in depth check. 9/10 it's nothing.

All the best

Comps83 Thu 15-Oct-20 08:10:29

Was it possibly inconclusive ? I'd ring and demand to speak to someone as like you I'd worry myself sick overthinking it

CarolVordermansBum Thu 15-Oct-20 08:15:45

As far as I know they have changed the way they test, they used to check for abnormal cells in everyone, but now they only test for HPV. If they find HPV they then invite you back for further investigation. After my first smear last month they sent me a letter afterwards saying I am HPV negative so I don't require further testing. Just because you have HPV it doesn't mean something is wrong, just there's more chance of developing abnormal cells.
Chances are everything will be fine, try not to worry! But I would definitely give them a ring to check and put your mind at ease

CarolVordermansBum Thu 15-Oct-20 08:17:55

Hope this helps

FairFriday Thu 15-Oct-20 08:31:44

Same thing happened to me the first time and I was really worried. It was nothing.

Comps83 Thu 15-Oct-20 08:33:32

@FairFriday what was their reason for calling you back in ?

XiCi Thu 15-Oct-20 08:34:52

I think it's because they only test for the HPV virus now so if you were positive for that you would need more tests. Doesnt mean that there is anything wrong though just that they would now need to test for abnormal cells. I would call your GP though and just check this. Its disgusting they haven't given you the full information.

FairFriday Thu 15-Oct-20 08:40:28

Comps83

*@FairFriday* what was their reason for calling you back in ?

It was a million years ago - but from memory it was ‘abnormal cells’. It was nothing - I suspect they didn’t do the test properly.

Mindymomo Thu 15-Oct-20 08:50:04

I had abnormal cells after smear several years ago. I needed to go and have treatment to remove them, they numbed the area and from what I gathered they lasered them off. It took around 30 minutes, was told to take the rest of the day off work and rest. Then I had yearly smears for 5 years after.

FairFriday Thu 15-Oct-20 09:03:30

They just redid my smear then it came back Ok.

apwilso Fri 16-Oct-20 11:33:00

ScarMatty

Hello!

Please try not to worry. They'll normally just bring to in for a more in depth check. 9/10 it's nothing.

All the best


Thank you x

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apwilso Fri 16-Oct-20 11:33:21

Comps83

Was it possibly inconclusive ? I'd ring and demand to speak to someone as like you I'd worry myself sick overthinking it


Just done that not happy. I was so upset when I got it!

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apwilso Fri 16-Oct-20 11:34:32

CarolVordermansBum

Hope this helps


Brilliant thanks. Just got my results now so due back in 5 weeks

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apwilso Fri 16-Oct-20 11:35:19

XiCi

I think it's because they only test for the HPV virus now so if you were positive for that you would need more tests. Doesnt mean that there is anything wrong though just that they would now need to test for abnormal cells. I would call your GP though and just check this. Its disgusting they haven't given you the full information.


Honestly opened the letter to you need to go to the hospital and no reasoning. Rang up and they rambled on now and finally told me

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apwilso Fri 16-Oct-20 11:36:12

Mindymomo

I had abnormal cells after smear several years ago. I needed to go and have treatment to remove them, they numbed the area and from what I gathered they lasered them off. It took around 30 minutes, was told to take the rest of the day off work and rest. Then I had yearly smears for 5 years after.


That's good to hear. Been worried sick

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apwilso Fri 16-Oct-20 11:37:31

So just finally got through to the doctors. Explained my concern asked me multiple questions and told me I had abnormal cells with HPV. Bit all over the place as I'm shocked but he said I'm low risk and it's not cancer. Anyone else had this result?

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tara738 Fri 16-Oct-20 11:46:23

Yes I have - it's really nothing, they remove the abnormal cells in a procedure that takes about 10 mins and you're on your way. Really don't worry. I freaked out loads about mine but it's so common and abnormal cells doesn't even mean cancerous just that they might have the potential to become cancerous at some point. I recommend looking at the forums on jo's cervical cancer trust website - or phoning their helpline - they make it all so much clearer

Comps83 Fri 16-Oct-20 11:54:04

@apwilso very common . More common than ppl think
Not good that they didn't explain everything in the letter though

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